Izinyoka connections to get Penalties
By Busisiwe Lutshete
On August 12 the Executive Mayor, Mayoral committee members and Duncan Village councilors launched the illegal connection awareness campaign at the Gompo hall.
Executive Mayor Zukuswa Ncitha said Duncan Village is one of the areas with a high number of illegal connections and an alarming death statistic associated with illegal connections.
“We are here to warn people of Duncan Village about the dangers of illegal connections and the strategy of BCMM for this year,” She said.
BCMM has established a team that deals with the removal of illegal connections on a daily bases with the help of law enforcement and the SAPS.
Ncitha said; “There will be penalties for those involved in illegal connections. Those who are caught with illegal connection will be fined R500 for using electricity illegally, R1500 for connecting illegally or they can face a possible jail sentence if fines are not paid.”
Doris Mgwedu of Ward 6 said; “our problem is that there are informal settlements… they all take electricity from the pole, now our cables are burned, we are unable to get electricity even though we pay for it”.
Phumla Mboxothi (ward 2) said; “we have a problem with Izinyoka (electricity theft), our appliances get damaged and some days we stay without electricity because of Izinyoka”.
UNopinki Ndabeni said; “we have a problem of not having electricity in our area so we steal electricity because we all voted, as South Africans we must get equal services.
“When it is dark thugs come and do their dirty work and we are not safe there, we will continue to steal until the mayor install electricity in our houses,” She said.
In the last financial year 1000 informal settlements were electrified and 1000 is planned for the 2014/15 financial year.
Ncitha concludes; “Now we want to enforce our bylaws as soon as we have finalized the awareness and public participation, we will implement our policies”.