School principal and staff in tears after hearing of girl’s electrocution

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Amukelwa Mohammed (4) was electrocuted by a transformer in Thembelihle this week.
Amukelwa Mohammed (4) was electrocuted by a transformer in Thembelihle this week.
  • JC Joshua Pre-Primary School pupil Amukelwa Mohammed (4) died after being electrocuted by one of Msunduzi’s transformers on Tuesday afternoon
  • Amukelwa was walking from a tuckshop with her three older cousins when the incident happened
  • Widespread calls to hold officials responsible for the poor installation of the transformer accountable

The principal at the JC Joshua Pre-Primary School in Eastwood, Joan Mahomed, has paid tribute to Amukelwa Mohammed (4) who died after being electrocuted by one of Msunduzi’s transformers this week.

Amukelwa was walking from a tuckshop with her three older cousins when the incident happened on Tuesday afternoon. Her mother, Luyanda Zakwe, rushed her to Northdale Hospital but it was already too late.

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The transformer that electrocuted her is among several that can be found situated on the ground either next to roads or in people’s gardens around Thembelihle informal settlement without even a fence securing them.

Councillor Sox Dlamini has since asked Msunduzi to put fences around all of them and the municipal teams were seen erecting the poles on Wednesday.

“When Covid-19 started we told all the four-year-olds to stay at home, but her [Amukelwa’s] mom had already enrolled her for next year’s class and we were looking forward to having her back.”
Joan Mahomed, JC Joshua Pre-Primary School principal

Mahomed said the news of Amukelwa sent shockwaves through the school where she was doing grade R.

“When Covid-19 started we told all the four-year-olds to stay at home, but her mom had already enrolled her for next year’s class and we were looking forward to having her back.”

“She was at the beginning of her life and all of us were certain she had a bright future ahead. We all broke down and cried when we heard the news of her death ...”
Joan Mahomed, JC Joshua Pre-Primary School principal

She described Amukelwa as a very bubbly and smart four-year-old who was full of life and always greeted others with a smile. “She was at the beginning of her life and all of us were certain she had a bright future ahead. We all broke down and cried when we heard the news of her death yesterday [on Wednesday].

“I’m just so angry because this could have been avoided if the municipality had properly installed that transformer.”

“This little girl had had no way of knowing where she was walking and there are a lot of children in Thembelihle that are walking around and playing not knowing that they could be killed by these transformers.”
Joan Mahomed, JC Joshua Pre-Primary School principal

Mahomed called for an investigation into Amukelwa’s death, saying the officials responsible for the poor installation should be held accountable.

“If people do shoddy work then they must account for putting people’s lives at risk.

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“This little girl had had no way of knowing where she was walking and there are a lot of children in Thembelihle that are walking around and playing not knowing that they could be killed by these transformers,” she said.

Mahomed also called for Msunduzi to secure all its transformers that are on the ground level across the City so that no more lives are lost.

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