Jika Joe: another victim of illegal cables

2013-12-17 00:00

A FIFTH person has died after being electrocuted by an illegal connection in the Jika Joe informal settlement.

This time the body of the person lay undiscovered for more than a week in the open field between Manor flats and the informal settlement. The field is crisscrossed with illegal connections and police suspect the unidentified man died as a result of being electrocuted. The body was discovered after people in the area reported a bad smell. From the state of decomposition, police believe the body had been there for more than a week.

The latest incident comes barely two weeks after a child living in the Manor flats, Delano Fortein (seven), miraculously survived a serious shock. He had run to the edge of the field to retrieve a ball and sustained injuries to his legs.

Now his grandfather, Derrick Bigger, is considering taking legal action against the municipality. The discovery of the decomposing body is one death too many for Bigger.

“I have spent R200 phoning the council to remove the illegal connections, but they never respond,” he said.

Bigger said he had to come back from Durban just to check on his grandson.

“Delano was lucky to survive and he must have a strong heart that allowed him to live, but doctors said Delano’s heart and kidneys were damaged during the incident,” Bigger said.

Delano was back playing with his friends despite his bandaged legs. He said he was fine, but was afraid of the open field.

His neighbour, Sibongile Mkhize, said Delano was playing with her grandchildren when he was electrocuted.

Mkhize said none of them was safe because the illegal cables are everywhere.

She was even more concerned about the safety of the children.


Delano Fortein (07) was electricuted by ilegal conections. photo. Jonathan Burton


Delano Fortein (07) stands in front of the area where he was electricuted by ilegal conections. photo. Jonathan Burton


Delano Fortein (07) stands in front of the area where he was electricuted by ilegal conections. photo. Jonathan Burton


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