Three dead due to illegal power connections in the Bay


No less than three young people died this weekend in Gqeberha due to illegal power connections. The Eastern Cape police are now appealing to the public to refrain from this practice.

Capt. Andre Beetge, police spokesperson, says the body of a 26-year-old man was found on the roof of a house in Kuyga on the outskirts of Gqeberha in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The woman who lives in the main house on the property in Couta Street heard the dogs barking at around 02:00 and went outside to investigate.

That’s when she came across the body of the young man, who lived in an apartment on the property. The man had power lines in his hand.

“It is suspected that the man tried to connect electricity to his apartment when he was shocked to death,” says Beetge.

A 24-year-old woman was shocked to death on Saturday evening after she allegedly touched an illegal connection in Wells Estate while squatting.

A few hours later, an 18-year-old girl was also shocked to death.

Beetge says a group of friends were walking through an open space in Auburn Street, Booysens Park at around 04:30 on Sunday when the girl allegedly stepped on an illegal connection.

One of the male friends tried to help her, but then was shocked himself.

Inquests are being held in each of the cases.