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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The warning comes days after the Govan Mbeki municipality got into trouble with residents over power cuts due to Eskom debt and after Premier David Mabuza summoned mayors of municipalities owing Eskom.
The Mbombela local municipality has sent out a warning to residents who do not pay their municipal services.
This message applies to those bridge their water and electricity connections to dodge paying, according to reports.
“Their days are numbered,” municipal spokesman Joseph Ngala said.
“There are residents who are not paying municipal bills, but they have water and electricity in their yards which means they have bridged the electricity and water.
“We are not going to be apologetic to those people who are stealing municipal services. Their days are numbered as we are going to disconnect the services so that they can do the right thing. We are going to issue them with fines and they must also pay a re-connection fee for the services,”he said.
This week Premier David Mabuza and mayors of debt-ridden municipalities met to discuss solutions to the crisis.
SEE ALSO: Mabuza summons mayors of owing municipalities
In Mbalenhle this week, residents took to the streets to protest over power cuts after Eskom announced it would do so due to the municipality’s failure to pay the utility.
Ngala said even though the municipality has introduced the programs meeting residents half way however izinyoka continued to persisted in the homes.
“We understand that some of them are unemployed, but they don’t bother to come forward and present their case to the municipality so that we can be able to find other options to tackle the matter,” Ngala said.
“It’s very disturbing to find out that some of the people who are not paying their bills are working,” he said.
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