Man in dock over electricity theft
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.