Umbane kills two kids

2017-11-09 06:01
The family of the children who were electrocuted were left devastated.      PHOTO: Lulekwa mBADAMANE

The family of the children who were electrocuted were left devastated. PHOTO: Lulekwa mBADAMANE

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Two children who died after being electrocuted by exposed live electric wires in Thabo Mbeki informal settlement last Wednesday will be buried in Dimbaza in the Eastern Cape.

Their grandmother, Azasakhe Vesele, said Lindani Madolo,6, died after touching a lamp post which had exposed live wires.

His sister Lunikwa Madolo,5, was also electrocuted whilst trying to help her brother.

“She was trying to pull him(Lindani away from the danger.

“Lunikwa was trying to rescue his sister and he also got electrocuted.”

Vesele alleged that electricity supplier Eskom was to blame for the loss of her grand kids.

“They left the electricity wires exposed. We feel very bad about this. They were good children, full of humour. They used to tell me very funny stories and jokes,” Vesele said.

Vesele also said they will take the matter forward with Eskom after the funeral in the Eastern Cape on Saturday. The deceased moved to the city about four months ago after their aunt, Viwe Madolo, requested them to stay with her.

“She (Viwe) was trying to help them by fostering them. We do not blame her, because death can happen anywhere,” she added.

Viwe was at work when the incident happened and the two were not in school on the day of the incident.

Khulu Phasiwe, national spokesperson for Eskom, sent condolences to the family and said he was not aware of the incident.

“I would advise the family to go and report the matter to their nearest Eskom office, so that we can investigate what transpired. That will also help us prevent such incidents in the future.

We first need to check if the area is supplied by us or the municipality. We will then take it forward,” Phasiwe said.

Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi, communication officer at Nyanga Police Station, said the police have opened an inquest docket.

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