Disdain for authority: Dainfern’s power arrears is even more ...


Disdain for authority: Dainfern’s power arrears is even more shocking than its decor

It isn’t the theft of electricity itself or the number of freeloaders that confuse me. It is the sums involved


When I read this week that Johannesburg City Power had cut off electricity to a number of freeloading customers in Dainfern, I must confess that I was confused.

It wasn’t the theft of electricity itself that confused me, of course. Dainfern is in South Africa, and contempt for the law and the social contract is as South African as fighting over whether Heritage Day is about thinking about history or burying it under a pile of lamb chops.

It wasn’t the number of freeloaders, either. According to reports, officials visited 10 properties and cut the power to six of them, but revealed that there are 204 properties in Dainfern Proper, Dainfern Extension and Dainfern Ridge that are in substantial arrears. This also didn’t strike me as unusual, since the rich didn’t get that way by paying what they owe. ..

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