Jika Joe pair burnt by live wire

2011-08-22 00:00

TWO men sustained serious burns apparently while trying to connect an electricity source in Jika Joe informal settlement yesterday.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said the men sustained burns to their hands, arms, chests, faces and necks. They are in a critical condition with severe burns and will need extensive treatment.

They were taken to Edendale hospital.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the reason the two men were using an unprotected electricity source is unknown.

She also said the possibility that the two men were illegally connecting electricity cannot be ruled out, and that an investigation is under way.

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said illegal connections are a national problem and that the municipality has gone as far as involving police in dealing the issue, but with minimum results.

Ward 33 councillor Naleni Atwaru said that because the municipality is under administration, financial and budgetary constraints are preventing implementation of any sort of power supply to temporary housing areas.

The Witness reported last year that residents of Jika Joe barricaded Masukwana Street with fire and rubbish bins as they demanded electricity, which they said had been promised them.

Illegal connections have caused repeated power outages in the area and surrounding streets.

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