January 18, 2021

Soshanguve community locking horns over the illegal connections of electricity

Community joins horns hands to stop illegal connections of electricity.

(PHOTO: Residents connecting illegal electricity at a remote area. Photo by Velani Ludidi) 

By Harry Thabo Letsoalo

Residents of Block V in Soshanguve and their Marikina informal settlement counterparts are locking horns over the illegal connections of electricity. This started when the residents of Block V took a stand and cut down the illegal cables from their transformer and poles where their Marikina counterparts have connected.

One pole allegedly started catching fire in broad daylight while kids were returning home from school, that’s when the residents decided to take a stand against illegal wiring.

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Prudence Morukhu a resident from Block V insisted that they cut down the cables since they are responsible for their electricity isn’t stronger any longer and their transformers are not strong enough for both residents of block V and Marikina respectively.

“We are suffering as if we do not pay rent, even the transformer isn’t working properly because of their connections,” said Prudence.

“We suffer the most in winter because they use heavy appliances which cause the transformer to switch off and we can’t cook for our families”.

The residents have organized a peaceful march to the municipality offices to report on this issue and hope to get it resolved in a matter of days.

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