On May 4, the Midrand service centre of City Power cut illegal connections in townships, specifically in Commercia and Rabie Ridge Ext 4. Officials from the service centre carried out this operation in collaboration with the South African Police Service and the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD).
According to Isaac Mangena, spokesperson for City Power, illegal connections in Commercia led to cable faults and overloading, resulting in frequent power outages that affected businesses and the community. Furthermore, Mangena stressed that these illegal connections harm the quality of the power supply, often leading to grid overloading and transformer failures.
The operation addressed these issues by identifying and cutting off illegal connections. By removing the unauthorised connections, City Power hopes to minimise the occurrence of unplanned outages and improve the reliability of the power supply in both Commercia and Rabie Ridge.
Mangena also emphasised the importance of ongoing monitoring and enforcement to prevent the reoccurrence of illegal connections. City Power has also urged the police to take action against those involved in the theft and sale of electricity, further deterring illicit practices.
JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla confirmed that their officers were part of the operation, providing safety and security for City Power officials while removing the illegal connections in both Commercia and Rabie Ridge.