Alleged power thief found burnt

2014-08-01 00:00

A 34-YEAR-OLD man was found severely burnt near a sub-station along Wigford Road in Mason’s Mill.

The man had allegedly been trying to steal electricity when he got burnt.

ER24 spokesperson Luyanda Majija said the victim was found lying near the sub-station yesterday morning.

“Community members from a township neighbouring the industrial area had gathered around the man,” said Majija.

Majija said they treated his wounds, which covered over 70% of his body, and took him to Edendale Hospital for urgent medical treatment.

“It is unclear how the man got burnt but he told paramedics that he is living inside the station,” said Majija.

Plessislaer police spokesperson Captain Musa Ntombela said it is alleged that the man was stealing electricity.

The suspect was rushed to hospital where he is kept under police guard, he said.

Ntombela said tools like pliers, screwdrivers and spanners were found inside the sub-station.

“The man will be charged with tampering with electrical apparatus,” said Ntombela.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said it was unfortunate that a man is fighting for his life in hospital for allegedly tampering with electricity.

“But when we warn people to stay away from our infrastructure they don’t listen,” she added.

Mafumbatha said the warnings are designed to save people from such incidents and also to ensure the electricity infrastructure is not sabotaged.

She said that she hopes the law enforcement authorities will ensure that the man is prosecuted.

“This will send a strong message out that people must steer clear of our infrastructure because the municipality invests a lot of ratepayers’ funds to provide services,” said Mafumbatha.

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