Three men were recently arrested for illegally connecting electricity in Nazareth after eThekwini Municipality City Integrity and Investigations Unit and Revenue Protection Services team conducted an operation in the area. Two hundred metres of electric cable and tools with an approximate value of R14400.00 were recovered.

It was established that one of the men arrested worked for a service provider appointed to assist the Municipality with electricity connection and disconnections. The arrests send a strong message to service providers and its employees not to engage in corrupt and fraudulent activities. 

The City Integrity and Investigations Unit has a special team dedicated to infrastructure theft that conducts various site visits as part of an ongoing proactive measure to combat illegal electricity connections. They conduct routine investigations in areas where illegal connections have been a problem.

While on a routine inspection to Nazareth, the team noticed that there were three men connecting electricity cables from one pole to another. After contacting the South African Police Services, the team requested the three males to produce job cards for the work they were performing which they failed to do.

The SAPS officials arrested the three men and a case was opened. The case was heard in the Pinetown Magistrates Court on 26 February where the accused where denied bail.

EThekwini Municipality would like to remind members of the public that illegal water and electricity connections are against the law and constitutes a crime. The city would also like to remind the public of the dangers of illegally connecting electricity.

The city is clamping down on illegal connections, and is appealing to service providers not to connect water and electricity illegally as this will result in their contracts being terminated and their businesses being blacklisted, preventing them from doing business with any organ of the state thereafter. 

The city calls on the public to report illegal connections and cable theft to 0803111111.

Please report all forms of fraud and corruption to the City Integrity and Investigations Unit on 0800202020 or email ombuds@durban.gov.za

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Issued by EThekwini Municipality, Communications Unit