Tshwane’s tough on crime stance the way to go

Issued by Cllr Kwena Moloto – DA Tshwane Spokesperson
15 Apr 2024 in Press Statements

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) Tshwane Caucus commends the recent arrest of two individuals for illegally reconnecting their electricity meter after being disconnected by the municipality due to outstanding debt amounting to R300 000.

The arrest, which occurred on April 11th, marks a significant step in our ongoing efforts to combat the negative impact of illegal water and electricity connections on Tshwane’s financial stability.

Given that water and electricity constitute the primary revenue streams for the city, such illegal activities undermine Tshwane’s capacity to delivery services to our rate-paying residents.

The arrest follows previous arrests on March 18th, when former contractors were apprehended for similarly reconnecting disconnected meters. These arrests underscore our commitment, as a party that believes in the rule of law, to curbing criminality and restoring fiscal responsibility in Tshwane.

We emphasise that this is not an isolated incident but part of a broader campaign to address lawlessness in our capital city.

We urge residents to join us in our fight against corruption and lawlessness. If you have knowledge know of any illegal connections, we implore you to report them promptly by calling 012 358 7095/7096. Furthermore, should any city official attempt to solicit a bribe for meter tampering, please do not hesitate to contact the anti-corruption hotline at 080 874 9263.

These arrests will not be the last. The DA is dedicated to uncovering and prosecuting the syndicates in Tshwane that are crippling our municipalities’ main revenue stream. And and officials involved should be prepared to replace their Tshwane blue overalls with orange ones