Community joins Operation Khanyisa to root out electricity theft from Nomathamsanqa

The cold winds of the Eastern Cape were no deterrent as community members young and old showed up in droves to take part in the Operation Khanyisa Play Ball Fun Day, which took place on 28... Read more

Operation Khanyisa awarded Star Award for second consecutive year by Crime Line

Operation Khanyisa was awarded the Star Award for the second year running at this year’s Crime Line anniversary celebration held at the Maslow hotel in Sandton on August 22. The award was in... Read more

Sterkfontein kicks off Operation Khanyisa campaign to red-card electricity theft

Operation Khanyisa's 'Play Ball' fun day kicked off at the Mohlareng Sports Ground in Sterkfontein at the weekend, soccer legends Andries “Super-Sub” Sebola and Jackie “Styles” Ledwaba showed off... Read more

Municipalities, utilities meet in bid to protect dwindling revenues

Municipalities and utilities assembled for the Southern Africa Revenue Protection Association (SARPA) Convention 2013 held in Mossel Bay on 11-12 July. The event, held annually, promotes the... Read more


Media Statement: Warrant of arrest out for R1 million thief

A warrant of arrest was issued last week Friday, 24 October 2014 for Mr Mondo Viljoen who was found guilty by the Lydenburg Magistrate Court on 28 charges related to electricity theft, said to have cost national power utility Eskom approximately R1 million.

MEDIA STATEMENT: Eskom makes another big break in the fight against electricity theft

On Wednesday this week Sibusiso Alfred Migal appeared in the Vereeniging Magistrate Court on charges of theft and fraud related to electricity theft.

MEDIA STATEMENT: Police Commissioner requests public support in fight against crime

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has made an appeal to the public for support in the fight against crime. The commissioner made her plea at the opening of the Crime Stoppers International conference held in Cape Town this week from 12-15 October.

Turning the tide of Electricity Theft

Electricity theft is a silent crime that has been stalking South Africa’s communities for many years. As a result, serious action had to be taken in curbing this scourge. Operation Khanyisa was launched in 2010 with the mandate to encourage national behaviour change. This infographic unpacks our progress so far.


The Tubatse Magistrate Court in Limpopo on Wednesday convicted Evans Makaukau on charges related to electricity theft and sentenced him to six months in prison.

Makaukau, who works at a company contracted to do meter audits for Eskom, was arrested for illegally reconnecting customers who had been disconnected for tampering with their electricity meters. His arrest came as a result of ongoing investigations by Eskom in the Burgersfort area

Media Statement: Major electricity theft syndicate exposed in Agri sector

Eight farmers took the stand on March 24 in the Lydenburg Magistrate Court in Mpumalanga as state witnesses in a major electricity theft case.

The farmers gave evidence against Mr Mondo Viljoen, the main suspect in the case, who is alleged to be part of a syndicate that provides electricity theft services, including meter tampering and bypassing. He faces 37 charges of damage to property, fraud and theft related to these crimes.

Media Statement: Lighting up the way to a better South Africa

One of the most notable and earliest achievements in South Africa’s 20 years of democracy has been in the area of electricity provision.

National power utility, Eskom has made significant progress in providing first time access to electricity for many South African households across the country. According to Statistics South Africa, access to electricity in South Africa has increased from 35% of households in 1990 to 84% in 2011.


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