Deadly pole fault found

2012-04-04 00:00

ESKOM has acknowledged that there was a faulty underground cable under the electricity pole which electrocuted an Imbali student.

According to the parastatal’s regional communications manager, Joyce Zingoni, the fault was the result of the rain and not due to illegal connections.

“The cable supplying the street light faulted underground and the protective switch in the box failed to operate to disconnect the circuit, resulting in the steel pole being energised.”

Zingoni said the incident was not related to cable theft.

Mbongeni “Khehli” Hlengwa was killed on Friday night when he returned home after a night out with friends. He slipped and grabbed the “live” pole while trying to steady himself.

Police said they had been investigating whether he had been struck by lightning.

Eskom has since removed the pole, which stood outside his home.

Zingoni warned parents to report any complains made by their children about tingling feelings they may feel while playing around electricity poles.

The ward councillor, Patrick Jaca, said he had asked Eskom to check all the poles in his ward.

Zingoni said the public should seek advice through Eskom’s share-call number: 08600 37566.

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