Nov. 9, 2022


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Suspected electricity thieves in court

Suspected electricity thieves in court

Story highlights

    Accused cost LEC over M16 000 worth of stolen electricity
    LEC introduces smart metres to curb illegal connections

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THE suspects include Khotso Mapele, 32, of Ha Mabote, Teboho Ramahloli, 37, of Khubetsoana, and ’Malebohang Ramahloli, 26, also from Khubetsoana in Maseru.

Evidence before the court shows that on October 22, the three illegally connected electricity cables to their homes in order to avoid paying normal electricity bills, costing the Lesotho Electricity Company (LEC) a total of M2 786.45 in the process.

The trio is expected back in court on November 17 while investigations continue.

In a different but similar matter, Khotso Mapele, 32, of Khubetsoana also appeared in the same court accused of costing LEC M14 414.28 by illegally connecting electricity to his home.

The court released him on a M1 000 bail and he will reappear in court on November 15 while LEC and police investigations continue.

Asked to comment, acting LEC Public Relations Officer, Tšepang Ledia told Maseru Metro that the number of cases of illegal electricity connections has increased tremendously in recent times.

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He said to ensure that the utility company curbs this escalating type of crime, the LEC uses smart metres which enable them to immediately detect any tampering with LEC cables by unauthorised persons.

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