Eskom’s head of Operation Khanyisa campaign, Dileep John, has accused businesses of being “equally guilty” of committing electricity theft.
“Contrary to the commonly held belief that electricity theft only takes place in residential areas‚ this crime is also prevalent in the business community‚” John said.
“In fact‚ electricity theft is common in both big and small businesses.”
He said this was evident in Mankweng‚ in the Limpopo Province‚ where a number of small business owners were found to be connecting illegally and “in some instances even going as far as colluding with certain contractors tasked by Eskom to disconnect transgressors”.
“Since the launch of Operation Khanyisa‚ we have been using law enforcement against perpetrators in all sectors‚ including business and residential‚” says John.
“This has resulted in the arrest of 50 electricity theft suspects and the opening of 26 cases on the court roll. We are now intensifying our focus on the business community and the unscrupulous contractors who‚ instead of disconnecting transgressors as per their contract with Eskom‚ have been taking bribes.”
Members of the community can report electricity theft anonymously to Crime Line at 32211 (R1/ SMS).
For more information‚ people can visit: www.operationkhanyisa.co.za