The property, which is situated on first street, used to be a supermarket before being turned into an accommodation space.

City Power and JMPD officials at a property in Alexandra on 17 January 2023. City Power cut power to the property because said that the landlord had an illegal connection. Picture: Thabiso Goba/Eyewitness News

Joburg City Power has disconnected the electricity supply to a 26-unit residential property in Alexandra.

It said that the landlord had an illegal connection.

The property, which is situated on First Street, used to be a supermarket before being turned into an accommodation space.

It was disconnected during City Power’s revenue collection drive on defaulting businesses on Tuesday.

Resident, Pulani Mokoena, said that she paid R800 a month for electricity to her landlord for her one-bedroom unit.

She said that she was shocked that the landlord had not been paying for electricity.

“When we first moved in here, I was surprised the electricity is overcharging, so then I had to get a gas bottle. R800 is quite a lot and that is what the electrician said to us.”

Mokoena said that she lived with her two children and her husband.

“Well, I’ve been coping since I have a gas bottle, but now the challenge is going to be like I have food for like throughout the whole month and it is going to be difficult,” Mokoena explained.

Eyewitness News was not able to reach the landlord for comment.

By: Thabiso Goba

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