Eskom cracking down on illegal electricity connections

CEO Brian Molefe says power outages may be prevalent due to illegal connections.

FILE: Screengrab of Eskom CEO Brian Molefe.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says the arrests of people illegally connecting electricity are on the rise and has warned of the danger of tampering with transmitters.

CEO Brian Molefe was speaking in Sandton on Tuesday where he delivered the power utility's quarterly update.

He says due to good planning, the country managed to go through winter without load shedding.

But Molefe says power outages may be prevalent due to illegal connections.

"The number of arrests that have been made relating to fraud, conductor theft, cable theft and all crimes against Eskom have increased substantially in the previous year to I think 228 arrests."