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SA judiciary says 12-years in the slammer for meter tampering

first_img Finance and Policy AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Vector Illustration of Hands holding Jail Bars, Eps 8 Vector With serious efforts to enforce zero tolerance towards electricity theft and vandalism on state assets, the South African judicial system is playing hardball.A suspect arrested on 26 May 2017 appeared in the Kroonstad Regional Court on Monday on charges relating to tampering with Eskom meters on farms in the Bothaville and Viljoenskroon regions.Gerhard Ferreira pleaded guilty to 14 charges of fraud and 10 charges of malicious damage to property.The accused was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment, which is suspended for five years on the condition that the accused reimburses Eskom R921 830.88 worth of losses incurred by the company, payable by 31 December 2020.Ferreira had offered to “calibrate meters” for customers at a fee. Following a tip-off, Eskom approached the Hawks who investigated the meter tampering incident and eventually caught Ferreira red-handed on 26 May 2017.Customers who had paid Ferreira for his illegal services were charged meter tampering fines totalling R229,000.Eskom customers are reminded to never allow anyone without an authentic work order form to do any work on an Eskom installation. Read more: Eskom recovers R5m worth of stolen copper cablesIn addition, Eskom will never ask for payments to be made into bank accounts other than the one specified on the customers’ official Eskom bills. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICS TAGSEskom assetsMeter tamperingTheft and vandalism Previous articleHow blockchain can help ease Bitcoin’s burden on the gridNext articleNigeria: Parliament investigates rising electricity tariffs Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. Generation UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img

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