An employee and a contractor of City Power was arrested following involvement in a sting operation for soliciting a bride from a customer whose power was disconnected due to non-payment in exchange for illegally reconnecting the customer’s electricity.
The arrest of these employees followed after the utility’s security officials received a tip-off about the bribe and illegal reconnection.
The customer had just bought the house which was disconnected.
City Power’s spokesperson Hloni Motloung said that City power had embarked on a crackdown of fraud and corruption which had seen a number of employees and contractors being arrested and suspended.
Sicelo Xulu, City Power managing director added that : “Corruption and theft are impediments that hamper our ability to provide a world-class service to the residents of Johannesburg.
“ We wish to send out a strong message that there is no room for corruption at City Power. Theft and corruption are not only a crime against City Power, but also a crime against the ratepayers of Johannesburg who expect and deserve a corruption-free and efficient utility.”
The arrested employee will remain on suspension until outcome of disciplinary action.
The pair will appear in Johannesburg Magistrate Court