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The Sunday Times has reported that a top Eskom executive has been using an illegally-connected electricity meter at his house in Fourways since 2006 which ensured free electricity for him until now 14 years later.
The illegal connection was discovered when the executive named Bartlett Hewu who is Eskom acting group executive of legal and compliance reported a problem with his electricity supply last month.
Once Eskom investigated the problem, it was found that the executive’s home electricity meter was not linked to any Eskom account, the report said, adding that he had accrued an electricity bill of more than R247,000, which he has now been charged by Eskom in arrears.
“The employee in question, an acting executive, has been placed on suspension with immediate effect while investigations continue,” Eskom said.
Eskom has said that it takes allegations of wrongdoing by its employees very seriously.
This kind of situation is one of the reasons why the state institution has a pile of debt because it is very concerning to have an illegal connection and let alone at the home of a top executive.