Bogus Johannesburg Water and City Power officials have been doing the rounds across Johannesburg, attempting to collect money and even commit crimes in people’s homes, Northcliff Melville Times reports.
The City of Johannesburg said official uniforms and identity cards were being used by the criminals.
“City entities do not come to your property to collect payment,” the City said.
To ensure an official is bona fide, the City urges residents to ask for their identity cards, but also the job card and work order number for the work they claim to be doing.
If a resident suspects a bogus official is demanding payments, they must report it to the City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Services. Contact either investigator Mshiwa Sibande on 081 301 4341, Phuti Ramara on 083 628 3576, Masena Lebea on 062 913 3997 or Nkosiyabo Mbatha on 082 467 9567.
❗️Please take note of the following❗️ be aware of bogus officials masquerading as City Power and Johannesburg Water officials to collect payments. City entities DO NOT come to your property to collect payments. #BuyaMthetho ^NS pic.twitter.com/X2ojrsoPHw
— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) May 22, 2018
Meanwhile, the Fairland Police Station has issued a warning about occupants of an Eskom-branded vehicle who are wearing yellow reflective vests and are demanding access to properties.
The vehicle registration number is FB 04 KT GP.
“Do not allow them access to your property” the station warned.
“If spotted, do not confront [them and] do not allow access. Phone [the police] and your private security company immediately.”