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More than 400 homes in Copperleaf Golf Estate in Pretoria have been left in the dark after the City of Tshwane disconnected the electricity.

The aim of the exercise is to recover more than R16 million in debt owed to the municipality by the homeowners of the golf estate.

The municipality has named the exercise ‘Amnesty Project’ and its spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said they plan to recover the outstanding debt for the rest of the month.

Municipal inspectors will visit various areas looking for illegal electricity connections and will include all areas within the municipality.

“We are not targeting affluent areas. We are also going to townships.”

Copperleaf Golf Estate took to social media to announce that every household on the estate is independently connected to electricity and that it’s not the estate itself who is responsible for the outstanding debt.

“Copperleaf Country Estate would like to set the record straight, that Copperleaf does not owe money to (City of Tshwane). However, some individual homeowners at Copperleaf are indebted to (City of Tshwane) in their personal capacity.”

“Copperleaf pays for the electricity for common areas like the clubhouse, golf course, parks irrigation, etc. and (has) got nothing to do with individual homeowners.”

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