Eskom employees were on Sunday “held hostage” by community members in Zonkizizwe, Ekurhuleni, and allegedly forced to unlawfully restore power supply in the area.
The power supplier has been implementing load reduction in a number of areas in Gauteng to avoid overloading in “high-density areas that are prone to illegal connections, meter bypasses and vandalism of electricity infrastructure”, according to a statement.
Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha told eNCA on Sunday two of its technicians were kidnapped by residents and forced to restore a transformer that had been shut down owing to non-payment and illegal connections.
The technicians managed to escape safely after the ordeal that lasted more than an hour. Mantshantsha told the broadcaster one of the technicians, who happens to live in the area, was followed home by a crowd who surrounded his house.
Mantshantsha said this was a criminal matter – both the kidnapping and illegal connections – and that Eskom would be pressing charges against the community members involved in the incident.
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