The City of Tshwane is conducting an operation to remove illegal electricity connections in extensions 1 and 17 in Mamelodi East.
Power interruptions due to the illegal connections from residents of the Mountain View informal settlement resulted in clashes between homeowners from extension 1 and informal settlement occupants, said the city.
Tshwane executive mayor Solly Msimanga previously visited the area to ease tensions and find a long-term solution to the conflict.
Msimanga condemned the illegal connections, stating that people were not only disregarding the law, but the safety of their community members.
“People have lost their lives from this improper practice,” said Msimanga.
“Equally, this unlawful act carries huge financial implications for the city in terms of revenue collection and costs for replacement of infrastructure.”
He said that while they understand the plight of their people with regards to housing opportunities, they can’t condone the disregarding of the law.
The City of Tshwane encouraged residents to contact the Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department when they see electricity connection irregularities on 012 358 7095/6.
Those affected by power failures are urged to report this by texting the word “power” followed by their account number to 44676.
Alternatively, residents can report a power failure through Tshwane’s call centre on 012 358 9999 and by selecting the electricity option. The www.tshwane.gov.za site also features a Report Power Failure link.
Photos of the city’s operation in Mamelodi are below.