DA welcomes the disconnection of 800 illegally connected informal settlers. Photo: DA& Eskom.

DA welcomes disconnection of 800 illegal connections

Illegal connections cannot be tolerated, says the DA after welcoming the disconnection of 800 illegals in Brazzaville informal settlement


DA welcomes the disconnection of 800 illegally connected informal settlers. Photo: DA& Eskom.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomed the disconnection of 800 illegal connected residents of an informal settlement in Gauteng.


On Tuesday, 19 July, the City of Tshwane Municipality removed an estimated R400 000 worth of stolen electrical infrastructure in Brazzaville informal settlement.

This happened during an operation to disconnect electricity involving the City and the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD).

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The DA in Gauteng reflected:

“The DA Utility Caucus welcomes the disconnection of 800 illegal electricity connections at the Brazzaville informal settlement on Tuesday, 19 July 2022.”


The party said illegal connection cannot be tolerated due to its harmful effects.

“Illegal connections cannot be tolerated as it does harm to local businesses in the area having a negative impact on the economy. It is also not fair towards paying residents and business owners to have to be suffering due to an unstable network as a result of illegal connections.”


According to the City, an illegal connection is an electricity connection to the Eskom or municipal network, to a mini-substation or overhead pole, made without the permission of Eskom or the municipality.

DA welcomes disconnection of illegal connected informal settlement. Photo: DA Gauteng.

The DA went on to say: “We further welcome the confiscation of electrical material to the value of R400 000. Theft of power and electrical material increase the trips and damage to appliances after loadshedding.

“In terms of taking on the ‘whole of society’ approach we urge residents to be alert and report suspicious illegal connections immediately to the City. Together we can fight the crime of illegal connections and theft of infrastructure to ensure a more stable network that creates opportunity for businesses to flourish”.


As illegal connection poses great risks and compromises the system, this is how you can report it:

Report illegal connections to

  • Eskom on 08600 37566,
  • City of Tshwane on 012 358 7096, or SMS Crime Line on 32211.