SANDF 'out of order' for cutting illegal connections in the cold, locals cry

In the race to cut off illegal connections as temperatures around the country drop while electricity demand increases, the police, SA National Defence Force, Johannesburg metro police and Ekhurhuleni metro police departments have camped out in several parts of the country, in an effort to reduce the number of illegal connections.

The police, SANDF, JMPD and EMPD were in Rabie Ridge, Kanana and Marikana on Wednesday to cut off illegal connections in the areas, which are the primary cause of overloading and unexpected outages.

Residents from Kanana extension four in Marikana said removing the illegal connections was not the solution as they were facing the coronavirus pandemic as well as the cold. "How are we supposed to survive," asked one local.

Many residents currently had no paraffin or another source of power, he said.

He proposed that government add power meters to each shack so locals could each pay for their own electricity.

"This thing of removing power during a cold front is out of order," he said.

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