RESIDENTS of Mbamba Mecisi informal settlement near NkowaNkowa in Limpopo have vowed to continue illegally connecting electricity to their houses until the Tzaneen municipality addresses their problem.
They said they decided to illegally connect electricity after attempts to get assistance from the municipality failed.
The residents said the municipality had failed to deliver electricity to them for the past 15 years of democracy.
They have connected cables to poles and sub-stations, where some of them are not insulated and cross dangerously over streets from the township to the settlement.
The live cables that cross the streets pose a danger to the residents, especially children who walk barefoot.
Last year two teenage boys were electrocuted after they walked over live cables immersed in water.
"We are sick and tired of using paraffin stoves and lantern lamps because they pose a bigger threat to our lives," said one resident with an illegal connection.
Another resident said nothing would convince him to disconnect the illegal electricity from his house.
He said he would only remove the cables once the municipality has electrified his house.
Some residents claimed they had not enjoyed the fruits of democracy despite having voted since 1994.
Moroka Malale, the Tzaneen municipality spokesperson, said Tzaneen was not responsible for electrifying the settlement.
He said it was the duty of Eskom to ensure that the area was electrified.