KZN man, with more than R200k electricity debt, bust for 'illegally' reconnecting power

28 February 2023 - 11:04
By Suthentira Govender
The alleged 'electricity thieves' - a Pietermaritzburg resident and an electrician.
Image: Msunduzi municiplaity The alleged 'electricity thieves' - a Pietermaritzburg resident and an electrician.

A Pietermaritzburg resident who allegedly owes the Msunduzi municipality more than R200,000 in unpaid electricity bills is facing arrest after he was allegedly caught trying to illegally reconnect his power.

According to the municipality, the man's electricity supply was disconnected on Monday because of his R230,968 debt.

A second person was allegedly involved, who said the suspect had on numerous occasions asked him to illegally reconnect electricity.

Electricity department officials who are leading the municipality's disconnection campaign said the two men would be “handed over to the nearest police station and a formal arrest will be made”.

The municipality put its “Operation Qoqama-Million” campaign into operation last year in a bid to recoup money from residents, businesses and government departments in arrears for municipal services like electricity.

The team also disconnected electricity at a property in Church Street in the CBD for owing R800,000. 

“The property has had its electricity disconnected before, and the #QoqamaMillion team has visited the property and discovered that an illegal reconnection has been made. A hard disconnection was conducted,” said the municipality.


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