City of Cape Town meets with Mfuleni community leaders

The City of Cape Town officials and Eskom, met with the community leaders of Mfuleni on Thursday to provide solutions about the vandalism of infrastructure and illegal connections that have been occurring in the area.

The City has attended to hundreds of faults in recent months and disconnected illegal connections to the City infrastructure in Mfuleni. Illegal connections and damage to electricity infrastructure remain a huge problem in the township.

The township has experienced unlawful land occupation in the past two years resulting in some of the new settlements not being serviced and residents turning to illegal electricity connections. The has resulted in the overloading and failure of equipment.

The Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Councillor Beverley van Reenen urged residents to assist them in reporting the perpetrators and bringing them to justice.

“There is no justification for communities to take matters in their own hands and establish illegal connections in the absence of formal electrification. This is not only unsafe for the community but also vandalizes and destroys electricity equipment and is a criminal offence. We urge residents to help us bring criminals to book by reporting illegal electricity connections to the South African Police Service and the City,” Reenen said.


By Lulama Klassen