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Man electrocuted while attempting an illegal connection in George

Aug 7, 2018
Man electrocuted while attempting an illegal connection in George

A man attempting an illegal connection on Saturday not only caused a power outage in New Dawn Park, but was also subsequently shocked and died on the scene, the George Municipality said on Tuesday.

"The man who hooked a piece of standard wire over an 11KV  bare overhead line had run the wire across a ravine from New Dawn Park, Pacaltsdorp to informal settlement, All Bricks in Thembalethu," said George Municipality spokesperson, Chantel Edwards-Klose.

"The bare wires ran knee high through an area which is often used as a play area by children.

"The George Municipality strongly condemns such illegal connections as they not only pose a risk to the life of the person attempting the connection, but also are of extreme danger to any child, adult or animal that could have walked into the area."

Edwards-Klose added that the illegal connections draw more electricity from the network than anticipated, which causes power failures and inconveniences to law abiding paying customers.

"Communities must be alert to the basics of safe electricity usage and the risks associated with electricity theft, meter tampering, bypassing and illegal connections. Report all tampering or electricity theft to George Electro-Technical Offices during work hours 044 8019222 and after hours 044 8016300," she said.

"A full investigation will be carried out in regard to this incident.  The direct costs to the municipality for repairing damage caused by such incidents amounts to approximately R10 000."

Caption: On the left, Cllr Edmund Bussack, George Municipality Portfolio Councillor Electro-Technical Services, and Paul Gerber,  George Municipality Deputy Director Electro-Technical Services, review the site on Saturday following the unfortunate incident.