Illegal Electricity Connections and the Battleground for Power
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝟮𝟭 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬.
Illegally connecting to the power grid isn’t just irresponsible, it’s also downright dangerous. But this hasn’t stopped millions of desperate people living in informal settlements from paying a small fee to so-called Izinyoka to be provided illegal electricity. Around the country, exposed live wires threaten the lives of these residents – just one wrong step could end with someone being electrocuted. Now, as winter sets in, Eskom says it’s taking strain forcing it to cut power in some areas. Carte Blanche heads to the City of eThekwini to examine this decades-long battle against illegal connections.