Charred body found at substation


A man’s charred body was found at the substation’s mechanical workshop in Roodepoort on Tuesday morning after he was presumably shocked to death in a failed attempt at theft or vandalism.

Isaac Mangena, spokesman for City Power, says the suspect’s body, which was burnt beyond recognition, was found inside the station when City Power employees reported for duty.

“It is still unclear what the deceased tampered with that caused the electric shock. From preliminary investigations, it appears that he broke one of the steel doors to enter the substation. The station is badly damaged and will probably need a new switchgear and ring main units (RMU),” says Mangena.

He says the substation has since been cordoned off to enable authorities to carry out their investigations.

“As a result of this tragic incident, power supply to customers in parts of Florida, Hamburg and surrounding areas has been disrupted.

“The police and inspectors are currently on the scene investigating the incident. Operators can only start working to restore power supply after the law enforcement agencies have completed their investigation and cleared the crime scene.”

Mangena says the team must first assess the extent of the damage to determine the next steps to restore supply to affected areas.

“As such, City Power is not in a position to estimate the time of recovery.

“Although we sympathize with the family of the deceased, we are appalled by the blatant disregard for our electricity infrastructure.

“Breaking into a live substation and trying to tamper with the facility just shows the extent to which people are willing to go to steal and destroy our infrastructure for personal gain,” says Mangena.

The matter is now being investigated by the police and further inquiries should be directed to the police.