Man in dock over elec­tric­ity theft

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A JOBURG man faces prison time af­ter he was caught sell­ing il­le­gal pre­paid elec­tric­ity vouch­ers in Kag­iso, west of Joburg, ac­cord­ing to Eskom. The power util­ity, the SAPS and the Direc­torate for Pri­or­ity Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion (Hawks) searched his res­i­dence and dis­cov­ered 598 il­le­gal pre­paid vouch­ers and R8 500 in cash. “The buy­ing and sell­ing of il­le­gal pre­paid elec­tric­ity vouch­ers has taken root,” said Dileep John, head of Eskom’s Op­er­a­tion Khany­isa, the na­tional cam­paign aimed at fight­ing elec­tric­ity theft. “The loss of rev­enue con­trib­utes to the need to in­crease tar­iffs. It’s im­por­tant that ev­ery­one helps kill the mar­ket by re­fus­ing to buy il­le­gal elec­tric­ity vouch­ers and send­ing anony­mous tip-offs via SMS to 32211 (R1/SMS).” Mean­while, four ac­cused are due to be sen­tenced in the Palm Ridge Re­gional Court next month af­ter they were found guilty on more than 16 000 counts of elec­tric­ity theft.

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