Illegal connection kills teen

2016-08-23 06:00
The body of a 17-year-old man lies at the bottom of an electricity main supply along Olieboom Road in Philippi. The man died after trying to fix illegal connections at the main supply.

The body of a 17-year-old man lies at the bottom of an electricity main supply along Olieboom Road in Philippi. The man died after trying to fix illegal connections at the main supply.

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A 17-year-old boy was electrocuted to death after he tried to fix illegal connections.

Philippi police spokesperson Captain Lance Goliath says the teen from Jim se Bos informal settlement died just after 10:00 yesterday (Monday) morning. “The man was found on Olieboom Road in Philippi. He was electrocuted at shortly after 10:00.”

The young man and a friend tried to switch on the power supply on a pole-mounted transformer after the circuit breaker tripped as a result of overloading from numerous illegal connections.

“The deceased allegedly tried fixing illegal connections to a main power supply next to the road. He was declared dead on the scene by medics,” Goliath says.

According to the victim’s friend, he climbed onto the poles that hold up the transformer and while trying to switch on the electricity supply, he was electrocuted.

Mayoral committee member for utility services, Ernest Sonnenberg, says: “This is one of the tragic consequences of illegal electricity connections. We urge members of the public to always steer clear of electricity infrastructure and not to be engaged in the installation of illegal connections because of the associated dangers.”

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