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Five arrested in Orlando East, Soweto for illegal connections
Monday, 1 June 2020:  The three men were apprehended in Orlando East, Soweto on 30 May 2020 for allegedly tampering with an Eskom split meter box where supply to approximately 20 households was interrupted due to a network fault. The community members apprehended the suspects while they were busy with their illegal activities and they were subsequently arrested by the South African Police Services (SAPS). The trio were charged with damage to essential infrastructure and are due to appear before the Magistrate’s court in Soweto on Monday, 1 June 2020.  
 
In a separate incident in Orlando East, two male members of the public were also arrested on Saturday, 30 May 2020 for allegedly tampering with meter boxes and illegally connecting to the Eskom network. The Eskom security personnel caught the pair in action while on routine patrol in the area which is one of the hotspots associated with repeated equipment failure due to illegal connections, meter bypasses and overloading of the network which causes the failure and explosion of mini substations.
 
Eskom continues to implement load reductions during peak hours in the mornings and evenings due to the network overloads, especially in areas with high-population density and multiple and/or backyard dwellings. In addition, Eskom will carry  on to intensify its  efforts to safeguard its assets and ensure they are preserved to operate optimally as per intended purpose of provision of electricity to the residents and other essential services during this lockdown period. The electricity infrastructure and assets remains the backbone of the economy that should be preserved for current and future electricity needs.
 
Eskom would like to commend the community of Orlando East for heeding the call of partnering against illegal connections and operations as these activities are disruptive and lead to unnecessary prolonged outages.
 
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