Three people die due to illegal electricity connections in Gqeberha

Police are urging residents to refrain from illegally connecting electricity because of the serious danger it poses and possibly death.

This after three people lost their lives at the weekend in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape.

According to the South African Police Service (SAPS), a property owner from Greenbushes in Gqeberha found her tenant’s lifeless body clutching on to wires on Saturday at around 2am.

The police believe that the 26-year-old man was attempting to connect electricity to his flatlet when he was electrocuted.

An inquest docket was opened and is being investigated by SAPS Kabega Park.

Meanwhile, later that evening around 9pm, a 24-year-old female in Rabie Village, Wells Estate, allegedly touched an illegal connection while crouching and died.

‘An inquest docket was opened and is being investigated by SAPS Swartkops,’ the SAPS statement read.

On Sunday, 21 April 2024, an 18-year-old girl allegedly stepped on an illegal connection and was electrocuted to death around 4:30am.

The police said the
teenager and her friends were walking through an open space on Auburn Street, Booysens Park, when the incident occurred.

‘One of the male friends attempted to help her, but after he was also shocked, he moved away.’

The police are currently probing the matter.

Source: South African Government News Agency

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