Two City Power contractors were arrested for allegedly attempting to solicit a R2000 bribe from a resident in Auckland Park in Johannesburg, the City said on Sunday.
The officials, who are from an independent contractor, were arrested on Friday by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), said Mayor Herman Mashaba in a statement.
The officials provide electricity disconnection services to City Power.
"It is alleged that the two officials approached the resident on Friday morning and informed him that his municipal account was in arrears and that they were there to disconnect electricity supply to the property," Mashaba said.
He said the officials had indicated that if the resident gave them R2000, the electricity supply would not be disconnected.
They suggested that the resident should withdraw money at the nearby Campus Square shopping centre. The resident informed the City's Group Forensic and Investigation Services (GFIS) team which set up a sting operation together with JMPD, said Mashaba.
"When they arrived at Campus Square one of the officials who escorted the resident to the ATM refused to take the money at the centre because of CCTV cameras and told the resident to go back home and they will come and collect it there.
"The resident had R500 with him, which was collected by the two officials from the contractor. JMPD and GFIS pounced on the two officials as they were driving off from the resident's property."I am disturbed that this is becoming a trend in Johannesburg. We will not hesitate in terminating the services of contractors who are found to be involved in illegal activities," Mashaba said.
He said the officials did not have a job card for the property.
Mashaba urged resident to report any fraud and corruption activities through the City's 24-hour tip-off hotline 0800 002 587 or visit the GFIS offices situated at 48 Ameshoff Street in Braamfontein.