Woman killed due to illegal power tap

2014-02-10 00:00

ANOTHER Pietermaritzburg resident was found allegedly electrocuted in Copesville area on Friday afternoon.

Fikelephi Zondani Sithole had been missing since last Thursday, when a woman spotted her decomposed body in the open fields along the Old Greytown Road between Copesville and Northdale.

Two weeks ago a young boy was also allegedly electrocuted in the area.

Thembinkosi Msomi was angry at the death of his mother.

“This is the only parent I had left and would you not be in pain if you were in this situation?” he asked.

“How long must people die as a result of illegal connections in this area, I am not blaming anyone for the connections because people need power like everyone else, but today I have lost my mother.”

He wanted to know when the municipality was going to end people’s suffering. “I now live in Haniville. I could not keep on buying new electronic supplies because they kept on burning,” he said.

Msomi said if he had a way he would speak to their councillor about this, because it was not right for people to die in these circumstances.

A municipal security official on scene, who did not want to be named, said: “When we disconnect [illegal connections] the community fights with us and so this is the result. We primarily disconnect illegal connections to protect innocent people’s lives, but they do not seem to appreciate this, and instead demand electricity at all costs.”

He said it was sad that old people like the latest victim and young babies ended up losing their lives because of stubborn people who continue to make illegal connections.

A contractor who works in the area said: “The municipality had erected poles in this area because they intend installing electricity, so all these people need to have is patience to avoid unnecessary situations of people dying.”

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the Mountain Rise police are investigating the woman’s death.

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