During the financial year of 2010/11 Tlokwe City Council lost R27 million through electricity theft.
During the last financial year it lost about R33 million.
This was announced by Tlokwe executive mayor, Maphetle Maphetle, during his annual budget speech on 22 May.
Maphetle has pronounced amnesty for all those that are engaging in theft of electricity through illegal connections or by-passing.
The amnesty will start from 1 June until 31 August.
Maphetle said, “Any person or business that has consciously or unconsciously been involved in electricity theft and who comeforward during the amnesty period, will be pardoned.
This amnesty also applies to municipal electricity workers who could have been involved in individual property meter tampering or bypassing.
Failure of municipal workers to come forward will leave the council no option but to terminate their employment and a charge of fraud and theft will be instituted against them.”