A Johannesburg woman was arrested after repeatedly reconnecting electricity in her upmarket Bryanston house to avoid paying her R91,000 bill.
According to the city of Johannesburg, her power had been cut several times for non-payment, but she found a way to put it back on every time.
She was arrested on Tuesday and appeared before the Randburg Migastrates’ court on Wednesday. She was released on R2,000 bail, and her next court date is set for June, 4.
“It’s alleged … that an occupant of a house in Bryanston had illegally reconnected electricity to the house. It was further alleged that the occupant had on several occasions reconnected herself with the help of City Power contractors,” the city statement read. “The group forensic and investigation service (GFIS) established that the property owes the City R 91,366.00. It further established that City Power had previously conducted level 3 cut-offs at this property on January 15 and February 13, 2019, and the suspect again illegally reconnected herself.”
According to the municipality, GFIS had requested another cut-off from City Power and another level 3 was conducted on February 24, but the woman illegally reconnected it herself once again.
“The suspect had placed a traditional calabash next to the electric pole in the hopes of deterring City Power officials from cutting off the electricity,” the city confirmed. “Corruption has no place in this administration and we will work tirelessly in collaboration with law enforcement agencies to ensure that residents of Johannesburg receive the quality services they deserve.”