Cable thieves were partly to blame for the death of a 56-year-old Ba-Phalaborwa Municipal electrician this morning. The municipality’s electrician was working on a faulty 11000 Volt Switch gear in Phalaborwa this morning, 7th of February 2021 at around 07:00.
He was reportedly working on replacing a stolen cable at the Selati Sub-Station just outside Phalaborwa on the Mica road when the accident occurred.
Emergency services confirmed the incident and CPF Medical’s, Jaco Gericke, told Bulletin that after several attempts to resuscitate the man, he was declared dead on the scene.
“It is really sad to lose someone in this manner, I knew him very well,” stated Gericke.
The Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality confirmed the death of their colleague but could not issue his name as the next of kin were not yet informed.
“It is true that the accident happened, and we will release a statement in due time,” stated the Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality Spokesperson, Jonas Mahesu.