Man dies by electrocution

2018-12-20 06:00
Illegal connections claimed life in Canelands. PHOTO: andile sithole

Illegal connections claimed life in Canelands. PHOTO: andile sithole

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ACANELANDS resident died after he was electrocuted by loose electricity cables in the Canelands informal settlement on Saturday, December 8. According to residents, the man slipped on the wire that was hanging down a tree trunk near the shacks.

Resident Sabelo Sithole said more deaths were imminent due to the illegal connections in the informal settlements if officials do not electrify informal settlements.

“Loose electricity cables are running across our roads and outside our yards. Informal dwellers must not be blamed for stealing power — we need proper electricity in this area and that would put an end to such tragic incidents in the informal settlements,” Sithole said.

When contacted, Ward councillor Geoff Pullan sent his condolences to the family of the man who lost his life, saying: “It seems to have been a tragic accident.

“I am still concerned that the city is slow with electrifying our informal settlements. The money we save would be better spent putting in prepaid electricity meters,” Pullan said.

Police spokesperson in Verulam Captain Henry Kisten confirmed the incident, saying: “A case of inquest has been opened for investigation.”

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