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Eskom says a man died after he was electrocuted in Tshwane. Photo: Unsplash

Eskom: Man electrocuted after gaining access to Tshwane substation

A 33-year-old man was electrocuted on Sunday 10 October at Eskom’s Babelegi main substation in Tshwane.

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Eskom says a man died after he was electrocuted in Tshwane. Photo: Unsplash

A 33-year-old man was electrocuted and died on Sunday, 10 October at Eskom’s Babelegi main substation in Tshwane.

Eskom said the matter is under investigation by the South African Police Service (SAPS).

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of life and we extend our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased,” said Kith Maitisa, Eskom’s Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQS) Manager in Gauteng.

THEFT OF INFRASTRUCTURE A BIG PROBLEM

Maitisa said Eskom’s preliminary investigation report indicated that an Eskom technician found the man hanging over the 11kV Bus Coupler isolator structure when he attended to a no-supply call at the substation.

“It appears the deceased gained access to the substation through the broken locked gate meant to prevent unauthorised entry into the substation as the lock was found cut. The Emergency Management Services (EMS) and the SAPS Pathology Forensic Services declared the man dead on the scene,” said Maitisa.

The power utility said it was concerned about the increase in theft and vandalism of its infrastructure as these illegal activities have resulted in too many injuries and deaths.

“We have intensified our customer education to raise awareness on the dangers of illegal operations on our network as an intervention to reduce such illegal acts”, said Maitisa.

Back in August, a man and his 12-year-old nephew were killed after being electrocuted by a low-hanging line while harvesting avocados.

The incident took place in Enkangala, on the border between Mpumalanga and Gauteng.

READ: Nephew, 12, and uncle electrocuted while picking avocados: Eskom

ESKOM TO INTENSIFY EFFORTS TO SAFEGUARD ASSETS

The power utility said it will continue to intensify its efforts to safeguard its assets by partnering with the SAPS and other law enforcement agencies to ensure that illegal activities are contained and avoided.

Members of the public and individuals are further encouraged to report any persons interfering with the electricity network and those conducting any illegal activities, to the Eskom Crime Line on 0800 11 27 22.