Over 12 Tonnes Illegal Connections Disconnected
More than 12 tonnes of illegal electrical cables were disconnected and confiscated during Operation O kae Molao at Vusumuzi in Tembisa on 23 July to root out illegal electricity connections. Illegal electricity connections and tampering have caused many power supply interruptions across the City due to overloaded grid at affected areas.
This results in damage to electricity supply infrastructure, such as transformers, and leads to frustrations from citizens who have to go for lengthy periods without power supply. Replacing a damaged transformer or power distribution lines is a costly and lengthy process.
The operation to remove illegal connections in the area started at 04h00 and lasted until 11h00. A team of more than 200, made up of City officials, Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department, South African Police Services and private security formed part of the operation.
The connections were removed from the Vusumuzi and Ehlanzeni hostels, Vusumuzi informal settlement and surrounding areas.
The City of Ekurhuleni loses in the region of R800 million per year in electricity theft, in addition to losses related to damage to critical electricity distribution infrastructure. The City has intensified the electricity disconnection operations in recent months.