Eskom stands firm on their decision not to reconnect Diepsloot power

The residents in a township called Diepsloot in Johannesburg are accusing Eskom of refusing to repair a transformer that exploded five weeks ago.

The community say they have been unable to conduct business or keep warm due to the extended power outage.

Eskom are however standing firm on their decision that they will not conduct any repairs to areas where electricity payments are not being made.

Community leader Papi Sathekge told EWN that Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) and Eskom need to investigate the reason why there are so many illegal connections in the area.

The mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba said that he will take the matter up with the power supplier.

According to residents the transformer regularly explodes due to overloading.

Eskom has denied claims that their employees have been soliciting cash to connect the 11 transformers that have been disconnected or damaged, and residents who have encountered this illegal activity should contact them for investigation.