Man who tampers with electricity meters to go to jail or pay R1m fine

Man who tampers with electricity meters to go to jail or pay R1m fine
ELECTRICITY THEFT: A Free State man has been fined R1m or a jail term after he was caught red-handed tempering with electricity meters. PICTURE BY Eskom

People in the area would pay him to do the illegal job for them.

A Free State man identified as ‘Ferreira’ will have to pay Eskom an amount of R1 million or face a jail term.

The man was tampering with electricity meters and Eskom said he was “caught red-handed” in one of the homes last year…

“Following a tip-off‚ Eskom approached the Hawks‚” the power utility said in a statement.

“[The Hawks] investigated the matter and eventually caught Ferreira red-handed on 26 May 2017‚” Eskom said in a statement.

Eskom said not only Ferreira is in trouble but also residents who had hired Ferrera to do the unlawful job were fined hundreds of thousands of rands.

“Customers who had paid Ferreira for his illegal services were charged tamper fines totalling R229 000,” Eskom said.

Eskom is warning residents to not allow anybody to touch any of their installations unless that person has a valid work order form.

“In addition‚ Eskom will never ask for payments to be made into bank accounts other than the one specified on the customers’ official Eskom bills‚” Eskom said.

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(edited by MLM)

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