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Widow sues Eskom for husband’s death

By Faeza
25 August 2015

The widow of late mineworker Ntobeko Vakele, electrocuted by a live electricity cable dangling in the road, is suing Eskom for R33.million.

At the time, Vakele was home to celebrate Christmas with his family in Libode, in the former Transkei. Now his wife Thembisa, on behalf of herself and their three children, filed court papers claiming that  Eskom employees had failed to secure the cable and prevent local residents from coming into contact with it.

But Eskom is defending the claim and argues in the Mthatha High Court last week that Vakele was the one being negligent.