‘Surprise cut offs’ not just for poor areas, says City power

Officials were conducting what they called “surprise cut-offs” for defaulters and illegala connections at houses in Dainfern, near Fourways, on Wednesday afternoon.

City Power officials conducted what they call ‘surprise power cuts’ in Dainfern, north of Johannesburg, on Wednesday 23 September 2020. Picture: Twitter/@CityPowerJhb

JOHANNESBURG – City Power said contrary to popular belief, residents from well-off suburbs were the ones defaulting on their electricity bills or having illegal connections.

Officials were conducting what they called “surprise cut-offs” at houses in Dainfern, near Fourways, on Wednesday afternoon.

The utility’s Isaac Mangena said this intervention proves that they do not only target poor areas.

“Most people when they think ‘illegal’, immediately the areas that come through are those townships like Alexandra and others. But if you look at the collective amount that is owed by those kinds of areas it’s not even half of what is owed by these posh suburbs.”

He said everyone was equal before the law.

“One of the securities was saying most of the premiers, MMCs and ministers stay in this area so what are you coming to cut them off?’, the answer was simple; those are the people that are supposed to be leading by example.”

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