Eskom sued over shock

2012-05-15 00:00

A WOMAN whose son was allegedly severely shocked when he touched electrical wires hanging loose from an electrical pole in KwaPata on December 10, 2007, is suing Eskom for millions of rands in the high court in Pietermaritzburg.

According to court papers, the injured youngster, Lindani Zondi, now 15 years old, suffered severe injuries that resulted in his right arm being amputated. He also sustained severe burns to his body.

At the time of the incident he was just under 11.

The original claim was for a sum of R2 587 935, 27, but attorneys Afzal Akoo & Partners, who act for the boy and his mother, Petrina Zondi, said that at this stage the only issue the high court will be asked to decide is that of liability.

If Eskom is held liable for damages by the court, the claim will probably be much higher than R2,5 million as it is likely to include a claim for the cost of an artificial limb.

The case came before the high court yesterday, but was postponed for trial between November 5 and 9.

Eskom is defending the claim.

According to Eskom’s pleadings before court, the power line in question was regularly patrolled and the first time the power company was notified of any damage to the line was after the accident.

Eskom maintains that immediately on being informed of the damage a technician was sent to the scene and repaired the line.

The claimants allege that Eskom was negligent by failing to regularly inspect the overhead electricity transmission line to ensure it did not constitute a hazard to the public and failed to maintain the line properly.

The amount claimed is for past, present and future medical costs, pain, shock and discomfort , disability, loss of amenities of life and loss of future earning capacity.

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