Welkom’s power thieves ‘to be dealt with’



Matjhabeng local municipality says businesses and individuals found to be involved in theft and illegal sale of electricity will face serious consequences.

According to administration manager in office of the municipal manager, Victor Bengu, the consequences include disconnection and criminal charges.

This comes after the municipality, seated in Welkom, received information that while they owe Eskom huge amounts of money, some companies have reportedly been stealing electricity from the municipality.

The municipality has been investigating 40 companies for the past two weeks, and say they are expecting to have the outcome by end of the week.

“We have a team of electrical engineers and experts from the water section. Should we find a meter that has been tempered with, and we’re not collecting what we should be getting as a result, we will disconnect you. The user will have to pay the full outstanding amount. We will also be laying criminal charges,” he said.

Bengu added that the electricity may have been stolen using different methods including bypassing meters, interfering with meters, and some landlords illegally selling electricity to tenants.