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City Power warns of criminals pretending to be employees

JOHANNESBURG – MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services Nico de Jager warns of criminals pretending to be City employees.

The MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services Nico de Jager has warned people not to allow any person pretending to be a City Power employee into their residential homes without verifying credentials with City Power’s Security Risk Control Unit.

The warning comes after reports emerged of an imposter who presents himself to residents as a City Power meter reader. He has a counterfeit City Power card identifying him as Sifiso Khumalo.

According to De Jager, the imposter is reported to have assaulted and robbed a resident after gaining entry into their property.

“City Power has referred this matter to Group Forensic Investigative Services (GFIS) for further investigation and to bring this perpetrator to book. City Power’s internal security teams are also investigating this further,” said De Jager.

“We cannot allow criminal elements to prey on residents, at the cost of actual employees and contractors not being able to do critical work that will better service delivery.”

The MMC has urged residents to always request an identity card when approached by a City Power employee or contractor.

“This card will be colour-coded for specific sections within the entity. The card will display a photo of the specific employee or contractor carrying said card. Their name, identification number and expiry date will also feature. A hologram of the firefly appears on the card as well.”

“Residents who are not home when City Power employees or contractors arrive to seek access for meter installation or meter reading are urged to contact City Power Metering Call Centre at 011 490 7484 to make arrangements for visits outside office hours or over the weekend.”


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