Cape Town teen electrocuted

2016-08-22 16:30
Electricity sub station. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Electricity sub station. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - A 17-year-old Philippi boy was electrocuted on Monday morning, allegedly while attempting to make an illegal electricity connection, the City of Cape Town said.

He and a friend had been trying to switch power back on after a circuit breaker tripped from overloading due to numerous illegal connections, it said in a statement.

The friend of the 17-year-old said afterward that the youth had climbed on to the poles holding up the transformer and, while trying to switch the power back on, he was electrocuted.

He was declared dead at the scene.

"We urge members of the public to always steer clear of electricity infrastructure and not to be engaged in the installation of illegal connections because of the associated dangers," councillor Ernest Sonnenberg said. 

The City of Cape Town said Philippi Farms was a hot spot for illegal connections and every time officials remove the illegal connections, they were reinstated. 

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