In South Africa, criminal syndicates have found a lucrative business selling illegal electricity through “Ghost vending machines.” This unlawful practice not only causes significant revenue loss for Eskom, the country’s power supplier, but it also leads t o wasteful consumption and strengthens criminal organizations willing to resort to violence to maintain their hold on the market. This project explores the impact of ghost vending on the South African electricity market, its implications for Eskom, and the measures taken to combat this criminal activity. It is estimated that the total loss owing to ghost vending in South Africa has already reached R350 billion, a significant amount of money that could have been used to improve the country’s power supply inf rastructure and provide better services to citizens. Measures must be taken to eliminate this criminal activity and hold those involved responsible for their actions.
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