SMASH-AND-GRAB THUGS STEP UP THEIR GAME!

JOBURG motorists face a new terror.

Smash-and-grab thugs are no longer satisfied with just targeting unsuspecting drivers at traffic lights. They’ve now been spotted on the M1 north double-decker highway, which is congested by roadworks, making easy pickings!

Yesterday, motorists saw three men armed with guns brazenly walking up to drivers’ windows, knocking and demanding their valuables.

After taking what they wanted, they simply ran away.

The Joburg Roads Agency announced that there will be additional road closures on the M1 for the next two weeks.

The busy highway is currently under construction as part of the city’s multibillion rand investment in storm water infrastructure improvement, set to be completed by May.

Agency spokeswoman Bertha Peter-Scheepers said members of the public should familiarise themselves with the lane restrictions during off-peak as well as peak times, to plan their route in advance and avoid delays.

She added that they would liaise with Metro police to discuss the criminal activity.

“We will ensure we contact the JMPD and ask them to up their presence on the road.”

JMPD spokesman Wayne Minnaar said: “We will send more officials to the highway, although our men are already on the M1 to assure that no unlawful activities occur.”

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Hawks arrest Chubb guards in FNB safety deposit boxes robbery

JOHANNESBURG – The Hawks have arrested two Chubb security guards in connection with a robbery at a First National Bank (FNB) branch in Ferndale, where 360 safety deposit boxes were stolen.

It’s alleged the guards stole the boxes after drilling the wall to gain access to the vault in December.

The boxes contained valuables such as firearms, jewellery, money and documents.

The Hawks’ Ndivhuwo Mulamu says, “We followed up on information and recovered only 250 of those safety deposit boxes. They were damaged, forcibly opened and emptied at an open field near FNB Stadium, just three days after the robbery.”

PARKTOWN ROBBERY

Last month, FNB CEO Jacques Celliers said early findings of an internal investigation into a heist at their Parktown branch led to the suspension of three employees believed to be linked to the crime.

The bank said it will assist and facilitate customers in with their insurance claims, but was unclear what will happen to those who had not covered their valuables.

Celliers said a final report still needs to be completed.

“It would appear that there could’ve been some collusion between our staff and in that case we’ll be reaching out to them to try and have discussions around the next steps.”

RANDBURG ROBBERY

Celliers said a separate investigation is taking place for the Randburg branch and the bank will only be in a position to assess claims once that probe is done.

“There are conversations around how we can help and come to a settlement. Depending on the final internal investigation, unless some other information comes up, we’re very interested to see if we can get finality and closure as soon as possible.”

VISION TACTICAL LAUNCHES INTERVENTION UNIT TO COMBAT CRIME

MEDIA STATEMENT

VISION TACTICAL LAUNCHES INTERVENTION UNIT TO COMBAT CRIME

31st January 2017

The Vision Tactical Intervention Unit (VTAC – IU) is an elite element established to provide operational support for the Tactical Units and Armed Response units working to stabilise volatile situations by combating serious and violent crimes.

VTAC – IU is the dedicated command which focuses on keeping people safe and is responsible for a wide range of prevention and intervention functions including violence and harm reduction.

“The unit will render specialised operational support and assistance to The South African Police Service SAPS and other law enforcement with high-risk situations” said Yaseen Theba, Director of Vision Tactical. “Its important that we support our Police Service with the resources we have”, he added.

Members of VTAC – IU are cross-trained in multiple disciplines for safety and security and emergency medical care backed up by ER24.

Vision Tactical is active in Houghton, Killarney, Norwood, Oaklands and surrounding areas. Others areas included Amalgam, Crown Mines and surrounding areas.

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Enquiries:

Yaseen Theba

Cell 064 400 0000

www.visiontactical.co.za

@visiontactical

Lane restrictions M1 double decker bridge

Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA)’s rehabilitation project of the Double Decker bridge on the M1 freeway is at an advanced stage. JRA Managing Director, Dr Sean Phillips has indicated that the Double Decker rehabilitation project will have increased traffic implications for motorists, from Saturday, 4 February to 18 February 2017.

The Double Decker bridge rehabilitation includes structural repairs, rehabilitation and maintenance to bridge beams, asphalt surfacing, expansion joints, drainage systems and the installation of new road signs.

The majority of the repairs are presently being carried out at night to avoid traffic disruption. However, to ensure the project reaches completion in the shortest amount of time with minimal impact to motorists, the following changes will be implemented during the rehabilitation phase:

Lane restrictions:

Commencing Saturday, 4 February – Saturday, 18 February two lanes out of the four lanes northbound within the Double Decker section will be closed; this will be reduced to the closure of one lane during peak hour traffic. Motorists are urged to familiarise themselves with the lane reductions during off-peak and peak times, plan their routes in advance to avoid delays and to consider alternative routes.

The City’s Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit system, Metrobus, Metrorail, Gautrain and taxi’s may be considered as alternative transportation for commuters. Traffic applications that can be downloaded from Google Maps, and media will provide alerts on possible traffic jams and delays.
Follow JRA for the latest developments, journey planning tips, alternative routes, and traffic advisory via:

Website: www.jra.org.za
Twitter: @MyJra,
Facebook: Johannesburg Roads Agency
Email hotline@jra.org.za,
JRA Find&Fix mobile app

About the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA)

The JRA is a City-owned agency responsible for the maintenance, repair and development of Johannesburg’s road network and storm water infrastructure, including bridges and culverts, traffic lights and signage. The organisation is committed to providing quality roads that are accessible, safe and liveable for our communities.

Issued by:
Bertha Peters-Scheepers
Ops Manager: CRM, Marketing and Communications
Johannesburg Roads Agency
Tel: 011 298 5023 / 079 510 4186
Email: bscheepers@jra.org.za

‘Over 845 road deaths so far’

1500x844Pretoria – Human factors have been the main cause of the spate of fatal road crashes which have claimed over 845 lives around the country so far this festive season, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Saturday.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) would swiftly investigate the cause of the crashes and the subsequent fatalities, she said in a statement.

“It seems that the harshness of reality has struck in more ways than one. Not only are most of us in normal festive routine, but many South African families remain affected by this holiday season in ways that are far from festive as a result of road carnages. To them, we pay our condolences and ask the rest of South Africa to wake up to the road fatality numbers, which has exceeded the 845 figure and do what they can to ensure that this festive season is in fact a joyous one,” Peters said.

“We are on the second weekend of our festive season festivities and as government we once-more appeal to motorists to do anything in their might to ensure that they reach their destinations safe. As government we will continue to provide leadership and resources to improve road safety, including developing and enforcing laws, providing safer roads, informing the public about road safety issues, and fostering improvements in vehicle safety.

“Ultimately, road safety is a shared responsibility. Every person who uses the roads has an obligation to act safely and internalise sound road safety norms and values.”

Peters called on all road users, motorists, and pedestrians to heed road safety and offered a number of tips in this regard:

* Make sure your vehicle is roadworthy and registered. Make sure that you check the condition of the spare tyre and also if the jack and spanner are in place. A basic tool kit, first aid kit, and fire extinguisher are sound investments. If you are towing a caravan or trailer, ensure that it is in a roadworthy condition. Ensure that you conduct a thorough multi-point safety check which includes all electrical components, brakes, tyres, steering mechanism, and shock absorbers before embarking on your journey.

* Don’t drink and drive at all. Drugged driving, including the use of any form of medication, is prohibited. It impairs your motor skills, reaction time, judgement, and negatively affects your driving skills. In South Africa, the legal limit for alcohol in a driver’s bloodstream is 0.05g/100ml; and for professional drivers 0.02g/100ml. Being below the limit does not automatically lower you risk of being involved in a crash, rather not drink and drive at all.

* Don’t speed. A safe driver is mindful of pedestrians, cyclists, and environmental conditions. Furthermore, one must be aware that there might be unexpected hazards, such as blind bends, vehicles coming out of junctions, and animals on the road. One must therefore adjust your speed according to prevailing conditions.

* Don’t drive when tired. While many drivers believe they can combat fatigue by listening to the radio or talking to passengers; it has been found that these techniques offer some relief, but it is not lasting. Therefore, the only solution to driving when feeling tired is to leave the road, stop driving, and sleep or rest. Take a 15 minute power nap if you feel yourself becoming drowsy; and stop at least once every two hours or after every 200km – it will help to combat fatigue and will give you a chance to restore your ability to concentrate.

* Do not use your cellphone while driving, it is dangerous. It slows your reaction times, interferes with a driver’s concentration and perception skills, together with increasing the chance of being involved in a crash.

* Drive as if you are driving for others – be constantly aware of your surroundings and drive defensively.

* Distracted driving is a killer – do not text while driving.

* If you experience a break-down, park as far left of the roadway as possible and keep watch for little children who may wander onto the road.

* During wet or inclement weather increase your following distance, keep headlights on to increase visibility, check wiper blades and tyres to cope with slippery roads. Ensure your demister is working.

* Road rage is a reality – do not be the cause thereof and do not be a perpetrator. Avoid driving aggressively.

* Always be mindful of your braking distance and blind spots.

* Using seat belts reduces the risk of fatal or serious injury in a crash considerably. It is the driver’s responsibility and legal obligation to ensure that passengers, especially children, are buckled up and are safe and secure. A seat belt can save your life.

* Only overtake when it is safe to do so. Unsafe overtaking could result in a head-on collision, one of the most serious types of crashes on the roads. Make sure you can see that the road ahead is clear before overtaking. Always keep to the left and overtake on the right. Keep both hands on the steering wheel at all times to ensure maximum control in case of a possible incident.

At night, drive with your headlights on and ensure that your brake lights and indicators are in a working condition.

* Keep a safe following distance when travelling – observe the three seconds rule.

* Do not slow down at a crash scene as this can cause an obstruction for other road users and result in further incidents.

* Understand South Africa does not have a traffic law enforcement officer for every kilometre of road, so be responsible, considerate, and patient at all times.

On the Prasa Shosholoza Meyl service, Peters said the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) together with Transnet was working around the clock to ensure that all rail corridors were continuously monitored to ascertain that there were no delays or any disruptions in the rail service.

However, passengers should take note that from time-to-time precautionary safety measures might be implemented.

This meant that trains might run at a reduced speed of 15km/h due to inclement hot weather condition which caused “rail breakouts”, she said.

18 arrested, 16 illegal firearms seized in Gauteng

Johannesburg – Sixteen illegal firearms, including a revolver, a rifle, and various pistols, were recovered by police and 18 people were arrested during weekend crime prevention operations, Gauteng police said on Sunday.

The firearms were recovered in Moffatview, Sandton, Atteridgeville, Midrand, Eden Park, Jeppe, Johannesburg Central, and Orange Farm, among others, spokesman Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini said.

Those arrested would be charged with possession of unlicensed firearms when they appear in various magistrate’s courts on Monday, he said.

“In one of the incidents in Sandton, an owner of a restaurant, a woman, and an employee, a man, were off-loading goods from a vehicle. They were attacked by two men, one armed with a knife and the other with a firearm.

“The woman was stabbed and the employee was shot in the upper body and died at the scene. The suspects fled without taking anything. One suspect who had a firearm was pointed out by members of the community and arrested not far from the scene of the crime. A firearm was recovered.”

He would be charged with murder, attempted murder, and possession of an unlicensed firearm when he appears in court on Monday. The woman who was stabbed was treated at a local hospital and discharged.

During stop-and-search operations In Moffatview, Jeppe, and Nelmapius, police searched suspicious people and vehicles. Unlicensed pistols were seized and suspects arrested, Dlamini said.

Police appealed to members of the community to report any suspicious vehicles and people. Information could be given to Crime Stop at 08600-10111 or the nearest police station at all hours.

Information that may lead to the arrest of suspects involved in serious and violent crimes may be rewarded.

Manhunt for Henry Edema Timaya Onoh alias Spiderman

Gauteng: Police have launched a manhunt for Henry Edema Timaya Onoh alias Spiderman, a dangerous prisoner who escaped from Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Services while he was due to be sentenced for serious and violent crimes including house robberies, rape, housebreaking and theft.

He escaped on 3 December 2016 in the early hours of the morning. Police are appealing to anyone who may have information to contact Crime Stop at 08600 10111. The prisoner is considered to be armed and dangerous.

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Joburg’s new K9-Narcotics Unit to wage war on drugs

The K9-Narcotics Unit will focus on drug-related crimes in crime hotspots during the first 100 days after its launch.

A specialised K9-Narcotics Unit in the Johannesburg metro police is aimed at waging the war on drugs in the city.

According to the City’s executive mayor, Herman Mashaba, the dedicated canine unit would strengthen the City’s ability to act against traffickers and drug peddlers. He said the City would also put in place drug prevention and treatment programmes and work closely with communities through awareness and education.

The K9-Narcotics unit at the Johannesburg metro police’s training academy in Selby launched on Monday with Mashaba in attendance. He said: “For years our city has been plagued by crime and drugs. Lives have been lost, families have been broken, communities torn apart and people left brokenhearted and hopeless.

“As a parent, I have had enough of how drugs are destroying the lives of many of our young people. Communities have had enough, and the City cannot ignore their plight.”

The launch of the unit comes after Mashaba had said on May 30 that if he was elected as Mayor, he would create a specialised drug unit within the Johannesburg metro police.

The Johannesburg metro police looked at the best performing officers with the highest level of integrity to fill this K9-Narcotics Unit. The unit will also be capacitated with high-calibre firearms and high-performance vehicles.

A further 19 dogs have been purchased and currently undergoing intensive training and assessment in explosive and narcotics detection. The K9-Narcotics Unit will focus on drug-related crimes in hotspot areas during the first 100 days after its launch.

“Today, we declare war on drugs and the druglords. There will be no safe haven for druglords in Johannesburg,” said Mashaba.

Noting that drugs are often linked with a variety of social, psychological, financial and health issues, Mashaba said he could ignore a profound truth that lies beneath the surface. “More than any other problem, the drugs epidemic is representative of our city’s deep social divide,” he said.

Research shows that drug users with low socioeconomic status are susceptible to substance abuse as a way of coping and escaping the harsh realities emanating from unemployment and a poor background. “While I realise that drug abuse cannot be reduced to a single factor, unemployment is a significant contributor,” stated Mashaba.

Mayor Mashaba noted that a focus on job creation and proactive antidrug strategies would help our residents to realise their full potential. “As government, we must create an enabling environment for businesses to flourish. In turn, they will make massive investments to create jobs and reduce the unemployment of over 800 000 of our residents,” said Mashaba.

Mashaba wished the new K9-Narcotics Unit success. “I have every confidence in your ability to achieve the goals we have set, and I look forward to regular updates on your achievements.”

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Hijacking hotspots in SA: Joburg, Pretoria, Cape Town & Durban

Cape Town – The National Hijack Prevention Academy (NHPA) has released a list of hijacking-hotspots in some major SA cities.

The organisation’s latest list shows hotspots in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban.

How prevalent is vehicle crime in SA? Carjacking has increased by 14.3% in all provinces, according to the 2015/16 annual crime survey released by the South African Police (SAPS). Carjacking was highest in Gauteng.

Carjacking trends

Arrive Alive’s Johan Jonck said: “The Crime Statistics released by the Police for 2015-2016 reveals an alarming upwards trend in numbers of carjackings. It is important to share with our road users where the so called ‘hotspots‘ are. These are areas where these incidents occur with more regularity.

“We would like to emphasise the need for caution among road users and also offer some suggestions to increase vigilance on our roads. Even though there are no guarantees to safety – we belive road users could be safer when being more vigilant on the road and by driving non-distracted.”

Hijacking Hotspots  –  Cape Town:

Voortrekker Road, Bellville, Parow
• Voortrekker Road between Bellville and Parow.
Military Road, Prince George Drive
• Corner of Military Road and Prince George Drive.
St Stephens Road
• Be alert when driving along St Stephens Road.
Alice Street, Voortrekker Road
• Be alert when driving along Alice Street, especially near Voortrekker Road.
Station Road
• Be alert when travelling along Station Road.
Klipfontein Road
• Be alert when travelling along Klipfontein Road.
Prestwich Road, Ebenhezer
• The corner of Prestwich Road and Ebenhezer.
Vanguard Drive
• Be alert when travelling along Vangaurd Drive.
R300, N1
• Beware when travelling on the R300 under the bridges towards the N1 highway.

CARJACKING IN SA: With the upcoming 2016/17 holiday season upon us, it’s important to plan ahead and remain vigilant on our roads.

Cape Town – The National Hijack Prevention Academy (NHPA) has released a list of hijacking-hotspots in some major SA cities.

The organisation’s latest list shows hotspots in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban.

How prevalent is vehicle crime in SA? Carjacking has increased by 14.3% in all provinces, according to the 2015/16 annual crime survey released by the South African Police (SAPS). Carjacking was highest in Gauteng.

Carjacking trends

Arrive Alive’s Johan Jonck said: “The Crime Statistics released by the Police for 2015-2016 reveals an alarming upwards trend in numbers of carjackings. It is important to share with our road users where the so called ‘hotspots‘ are. These are areas where these incidents occur with more regularity.

“We would like to emphasise the need for caution among road users and also offer some suggestions to increase vigilance on our roads. Even though there are no guarantees to safety – we belive road users could be safer when being more vigilant on the road and by driving non-distracted.”

Hijacking hotspots: Click on view ‘larger map’ for more information

Hijacking Hotspots  –  Cape Town:

Voortrekker Road, Bellville, Parow
• Voortrekker Road between Bellville and Parow.
Military Road, Prince George Drive
• Corner of Military Road and Prince George Drive.
St Stephens Road
• Be alert when driving along St Stephens Road.
Alice Street, Voortrekker Road
• Be alert when driving along Alice Street, especially near Voortrekker Road.
Station Road
• Be alert when travelling along Station Road.
Klipfontein Road
• Be alert when travelling along Klipfontein Road.
Prestwich Road, Ebenhezer
• The corner of Prestwich Road and Ebenhezer.
Vanguard Drive
• Be alert when travelling along Vangaurd Drive.
R300, N1
• Beware when travelling on the R300 under the bridges towards the N1 highway.Hijacking hotspots  –  Pretoria:

Beyers Naude Drive, Paul Kruger Street
• Beyers Naude Drive and Paul Kruger Street.
R55, Erasmia
• The R55 in Erasmia.
Burnett Street, Delfi Avenue, Garsfontein Road
• Be alert at the following streets, Burnett Street, Delfi Avenue and Garsfontein Road.
Stormvoel
• Be aware at traffic lights on Stormvoel.
Watermeyer Street
• Be aware at traffic lights on Watermeyer Street.
Nelson Mandela Drive
• Be alert at traffic lights on Nelson Mandela Drive.
Lynwood Road, Simon Vermooten
• The crossing at Lynwood Road and Simon Vermooten.
Lynwood Road, Hans Strijdom
• The crossing at Lynwood Road and Hans Strijdom.
Walker Street
• Be alert at traffic lights on Walker Street.
Duncan Street
• Be alert at traffic lights on Duncan Street.
University Road , Lynwood Road
• The corner of University Road and Lynwood Road.
Rigel Avenue, N1
• The Rigel Avenue off ramp from off the N1.
Simon Vermooten Road, Pretoria Street
• The Simon Vermooten Road crossing with Pretoria Street.
Simon Vermooten Road, Farrow Street
• The Simon Vermooten Road crossing with Farrow Street.
Simon Vermooten Road , Lynwood Road
• The Simon Vermooten Road crossing with Lynwood Road.
Lynwood Road, N1
• The Lynwood Road on ramp from the N1.
Hans Strydom, N4
• The Hans Strydom off ramp off the N4 highway.
Hans Strijdom, R21
• The intersection between Hans Strijdom and the R21.
Atterbury, N1
• The Atterbury off ramp off the N1.
Pretorius Street
• Be alert at crossings by Pretorius Street.
Schoeman Street, Duncan
• The crossing at Schoeman Street and Duncan.
Schoeman Street, Hilda
• The crossing at Schoeman Street and Hilda.
Schoeman Street, Grosvenor
• The crossing at Schoeman Street and Grosvenor.

Hijacking hotspots  –  Johannesburg:
Kelvin Street, CR Swart
• The corner of Kelvin Street and CR Swart.
Pretoria Road , CR Swart
• The corner of Pretoria Road and CR Swart.
Elgin Road, Pretoria Road
• The corner of Elgin Road and Pretoria Road.
Linksfield Road, N3
• Linksfield Road off ramp off the N3.
Booysens Road, M1
• Booysens Road off ramp off the M1.
Nelson Mandela Bridge
• The Nelson Mandela Bridge, be alert.
Wolmarans, Claim, Nugget
• Wolmarans between Claim and Nugget.
Harrow, Saratoga
• The corner of Harrow and Saratoga.
Harrow, Abel
• The corner of Harrow and Abel.
Houghton Drive, M1
• The Houghton Drive off ramp off the M1.
Jan Smuts Avenue, St Andrews
• The corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and St Andrews.
17th Street, Krause Street, Pageview
•The corner of 17th Street and Krause Street in Pageview.
Heidelberg Road, N17
• The Heidelberg Road Off ramp off the N17.
Kyalami Drive
• Traffic lights on Kyalami Drive.
Beyers Naude, N1
• The Beyers Naude offramp off the N1 highway.
Sunninghill, N1, Rivonia
• Rivonia off ramp off the N1 highway in Sunninghill.
Midrand, Clayville
• Midrand road near Clayville Residents.
Grayston, Rivonia, 11th Street.
• The intersection of Grayston and Rivonia and the intersection of Grayston and 11th Street.
11th Avenue, Empire Road
• 11th Avenue and Empire Road off ramps.
Jan Smuts Avenue, William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park
• The Jan Smuts Avenue/ William Nicol Drive split in Hyde Park.
Witkoppen Road
• Intersections on Witkoppen Road.
Bramley Precinct, Wynberg, Bramley, Marlboro, Kew
• Bramley Precinct, areas such as Wynberg, Bramley, Marlboro and Kew.
Yeoville Precinct, Yeoville, Bellevue, Bellevue East
• Yeoville Precinct, areas such as Yeoville,Bellevue and Bellevue East.
Norwood Precinct, Orange Grove, Highlands
• The Norwood Precinct, areas such as Orange Grove and Highlands.
Sandringham Precinct, Glenhazel, Lombardy East, Sandringham
• The Sandringham Precinct, areas such as Glenhazel, Lombardy East and Sandringham.
Parkview Precinct, 11th avenue, 7th Avenue
• The Parkview Precinct, areas between 10th and 11th avenue and 4th and 7th Avenue in Parkhurst.
Hillbrow Precinct, Upper Houghton, Killarney
• The Hillbrow Precinct, areas such as Upper Houghton and Killarney.
Rosebank Precinct, Saxonwold, Parkwood
• The Rosebank Precinct, areas such as Saxonwold and Parkwood.
Christiaan de Wet, Wilgerood road, Roodepoort
• The intersection between Christiaan de Wet and Wilgerood road in Roodepoort.
Louis Botha Avenue, M11, Hillbrow, Alexandra
• Louis Botha Avenue, the M11. Be aware at the traffic lights, especially between Hillbrow and Alexandra.
Riviera, M1
• Riviera off ramp coming off the M1.
Fairland Ex. 6, 11th Avenue, Fairland
• 11th Avenue in Fairland, near Fairland Ex. 6.
Alexandra, 1st Avenue, Pretoria Main road
• The corner of Pretoria Main road and 1st Avenue in Alexandra.
New road, N1, traffic lights
• New road off ramp coming off the N1, be aware at the traffic lights.
William Nichol, N1 highway
• William Nichol off ramp coming off the N1 highway.

Hijacking hotspots – Durban:

Alpine Road
• Be aware along Alpine Road.
West Street
• Be aware of crossings on West Street.
Warwick Avenue , Smith Street
• The corner of Warwick Avenue and Smith Street.

How to recognise fraudsters posing as City Power employees

JOBURG – City Power officials are not permitted to request cash payments or unpaid bills from customers.

City Power is warning residents of Johannesburg about a group of fraudsters posing as the entity’s employees.
The fraudsters have reportedly threatened to cut off the power supply to residents who refuse to pay phantom electricity bills. The three men pretending to be the entity’s employees have swindled customers out of money under the false pretense of an unpaid electricity bill.
Even customers using prepaid meters were allegedly targeted. The energy utility is appealing to all customers to refrain from making any cash payments to contractors or officials requesting money for outstanding electricity bills.
Customers were encouraged to make payments at the City of Johannesburg customers’ walk-in centres or at the utility’s offices.
During the launch of Operation Clean-Up earlier in the year, City Power’s board chairperson, Reverend Frank Chikane urged customers to report criminal incidents or corrupt behaviour on the part of officials and contractors of City Power.
The utility has partnered with authorities on an anti-corruption drive to eliminate criminal incidents like these from recurring. “Customers are urged to properly check contractor cards to verify the identity of the person before allowing them onto their property.

All City Power contractors are expected to carrying their identification cards with them at all times and each card has an expiration date,” said City Power managing director, Sicelo Xulu.
Xulu warned that contract officials were not permitted to request cash payments or unpaid bills. “If a customer receives a request of this nature, they should recognise it as fraudulent behaviour and report the case immediately,” he said.
The anti-corruption drive will not only hone in on billing fraud, but will continue with focused attention on high-risk areas around metering, including applications for new meters, relocation and reconnection of existing meters and the procurement processes within City Power’s supply chain unit.
Residents can anonymously report incidents of fraud and corruption or any suspicious officials to the tip-off anonymous hotline 0800 002587; anticorruption@tipoffs.com
Details: City Power 0800 002 587.