‘Shocking experience’

2015-03-06 00:00

A NORTHDALE family are living in fear of their own taps.

Fathima Ismail, her husband and two children have woken up each day for the past six months with the fear of being electrocuted when opening their taps to have a shower, getting water to drink or washing the dishes.

Since October, their home and those of four neighbours in Deccan Road have been experiencing “earthing” problems, which have resulted in surges of electricity being conducted through their taps.

This has resulted in “shocking experiences” where members of their family have been jolted by bursts of electricity, so strong that in one incident, Ismail’s husband collapsed in the shower.

After numerous complaints to Msunduzi’s electricity department since October, an electrician turned up yesterday to diagnose the problem, which he said is due to an “earth leak”.

Ismail said when she was last shocked on Wednesday after turning on the tap to have a shower she “didn’t even know if she was dead or alive”.

“It shocked me so badly that my entire hand flung back over me. I screamed and my kids came in running,” she said.

Ismail had to use a wooden broom to close the running shower tap afterwards.

According to the municipal electrician on scene, who would not be named, the problem comes from the electricity pole outside their home.

All four family members, including Ismail’s two sons, aged nine and 15, have been shocked at least once. The occurrences take place once or twice a month.

“We don’t know when it’s going to happen. We just live in fear every time we lean in to open a tap because we don’t know if we are going to get shocked,” Ismail said.

Ismail said the electrician had not resolved the matter.

His advice to them was to slowly knock their knuckles on the tap’s handles to feel for any electricity surges before turning them on.

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha did not respond by the time of going to press yesterday.

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