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City Power employees busted in sting operation

City Power Managing Director Sicelo Xulu speaks at a media briefing, 5 November 2013, in Johannesburg, where it was announced that City Power had been cleared of all allegations of fraud and corruption relating to a tender for prepaid meter boxes. Picture: Michel Bega

City Power Managing Director Sicelo Xulu speaks at a media briefing, 5 November 2013, in Johannesburg, where it was announced that City Power had been cleared of all allegations of fraud and corruption relating to a tender for prepaid meter boxes. Picture: Michel Bega

The arrest followed a tip-off regarding illegal reconnections for bribes.

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

 

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