An exclusive EWN report has revealed how illegal electricity connections, which are contributing to the crippling of Eskom, are carried out from the inside.
An interview done by EWN reporter Mia Lindeque reveals how people entrusted with disconnecting illegal connections are party to connecting electricity illegally.
They are allegedly responsible for illegally reconnecting those disconnected due to non-payments.
The man interviewed has chosen to keep his identity hidden.
We are conscious of this, so we know it is illegal.— Eskom employee
You find there's an old lady with grandkids but she doesn't have electricity. She needs help and you know electricity is a basic necessity.— Eskom employee
According to Lindeque, this man also revealed that more than half of the Eskom staff are carrying out illegal connections.
This story gives South Africans an idea of exactly how they operate. It looks like a well-orchestrated plan.— Mia Lendeque, Reporter - EWN
It looks like Eskom is not fully aware of how far these web syndicates are operating from.— Mia Lendeque, Reporter - EWN
What our source was explaining to us is that when they go out to disconnect illegal connections, specifically in Soweto, they know who can afford it or not, and in a matter of an hour or so they turn back and at a small fee of about R200 they would reconnect them the same day.— Mia Lendeque, Reporter - EWN
It seems this problem has been going on for years, says Lindeque.
She says in 2003 an amount of R1.3 billion in debt was written off when Eskom took over form the City of Johannesburg
Currently, residents in Soweto owe Eskom about R17 billion and most are refusing to pay, saying that it is their constitutional right to have electricity, adds Lendique.
To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below: