Child dies after being electrocuted in Saselani.

A child recently died from electrocution in Saselani while another child sustained injuries while trying to rescue the deceased from being electrocuted. It is alleged that five children were walking on the street when the deceased made contact with a fence that was intentionally made live by the owner of the house to scare criminals who were stealing from his shop. It was also found that he was getting supply from his neighbor, whose meter was bypassed.
Upon arrival at the scene, Eskom’s technicians, who had received a call reporting a fallen electricity conductor and suspected illegal connections, disconnected the supply and removed the meter. Following this incident, Eskom held a safety awareness walkabout in the area. The walkabout was led by an Eskom delegation along a route where safety warning signs were placed to alert and educate community members about hazardous electricity connections in their village. Also present, were the members of the South African Police Services, delegates from City of Mbombela and community leaders.
Eskom said these electrical accidents are a major concern in Mpumalanga and that Dwaarsloop and Saselani are plagued by incidents of sub-standard wiring which lead to fires and property damage, ghost vending and children coming into contact with low-hanging power lines or wires on the ground as a result of illegal connections.
“Illegal connections are not only against the law but they are also taking the lives of people in the community. The safety of our customers is of paramount importance to us. Along with regular audits of our infrastructure in communities to ensure their safety during use, we also run yearly safety education programmes across the country. The aim is to help our customers use electricity safely while they enjoy the benefits of electricity in their homes, instead of it being a source of harm,” said Eskom spokesperson for Mpumalanga, Leonard Sibiya.
Sibiya added that the engagement with the community has helped Eskom to understand the needs of the residents of Saselani Village.
“We also hope that this fosters a sense of ownership and respect for Eskom property by communities. This can minimise vandalism and theft, and hopefully end the deadly practice of illegal connections”, said Sibiya.
Sibiya added that unlike past activations that took place in KZN and the Free State, this safety walkabout had to be adapted due to Covid-19 regulations, with only a few people being able to participate. He encouraged members of the public to follow Eskom on social media platforms in order to get safety tips and channels to report illegal activity relating to electricity.

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