Family’s illegal power cable kills daughter (6)

2013-11-06 00:00

A COPESVILLE family have paid the ultimate price for their illegal electricity connection — the life of their six-year-old daughter.

Ayanda Dube was electrocuted and killed by illegal electricity wires while on her way home on Saturday morning. The area the Dube family live in has not been provided with electricity connections.

This brings to two the number of people who died this past weekend as a result of illegal connections after an unknown man died at Jika Joe after being electrocuted on Sunday.

Ayanda’s family and neighbours were yesterday still in shock and trying to come to terms with what had happened in the Pakkies area of Copesville.

Neighbour Thuleleni Msomi told The Witness that Ayanda had been playing at her home when her son called her to come and help Ayanda, who had been electrocuted.

“She was trying to use a hole in the barbed wire to return home when she was electrocuted,” said Msomi. The illegal electricity wire had been attached to the fence Ayanda was climbing through.

She said they tried everything they could to help her, but to no avail.

“We moved her away from the fence but she couldn’t move. An ambulance was called but it was delayed until a private car was hired to take the child to hospital,” said Msomi who was shaking while relating the story.

Ayanda’s distraught mother, Sayinile, said she left home early to collect wood for the family and was called to be told her daughter had been electrocuted.

“As I arrived she was on the ground. I hoped that she was alive. We rushed her to the hospital and I only accepted that she was dead when the doctors told me,” said Dube.

She added that her daughter, who was in Grade 1 at Copesville Primary School, loved to draw and make cards.

“I will miss her. She always made cards for me telling me how much she loved me.”

Dube confirmed that Ayanda died as a result of the illegal connection to her house and said they had removed it.

An angry neighbour, Thoko Gwala, said the practice of illegal connections in the settlement needed to be stopped before other children are killed.

“We have stayed in the area for the past 15 years but government is not developing it; they are not installing electricity, which leads to these illegal connections that put our lives in danger,” said Gwala.

As you walk the dusty roads of the Pakkies area you see strands of electricity wires on the side of the road.

In other incidents of deaths due to illegal connections, The Witness reported in July this year that Aviwe Vava (6), of the Eastern Cape, who was visiting her parents at the Jika Joe settlement slipped and was electrocuted as she grabbed a live wire in an attempt to break her fall.

In September, Moshe Motoung (36) was electrocuted in Jika Joe and Lucky Mzila was found lying dead in a ditch in Regina Road, Northdale, on top of a number of illegal electrical cables that snaked their way to a nearby informal settlement.

Esther Mungal (67) of Copesville narrowly escaped death after being shocked by an illegal connection running through her yard.

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