Two Eskom employees held hostage by Sebokeng and Orange Farm communities

SEBOKENG - Two Eskom employees have been held hostage by community members in separate incidents in Sebokeng and Orange Farm in the Vaal Triangle. The power utility said the township’s electricity supply collapsed last week after a transformer was overloaded by residents who illegally connected themselves to the network and vandalised infrastructure. Eskom says technicians who were dispatched to attend to two separate faults were held hostage by community members in areas where illegal operators tripped the power line. Over 700 households in Orange Farm have been without power since last week. Eskom’s Motlhabane Ramashi says they strongly condemn this behaviour as they continue to provide an essential service. He said their security personnel reported both incidents to the South African Police Service who attended to the scenes and rescued the two technicians safely. Ramashi said the power utility would not restore supply in those areas. He further urged their communities to cooperate with Eskom to deal adequately with electricity-related matters in the Gauteng Operating Unit.

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