04 February 2021
Pretoria – City Power has warned residents in the informal settlements against the dangers of illegal connections.
City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena said, “Two unknown people were on Tuesday electrocuted at Princess squarter camp in Roodepoort.”
“It is believed the two walked through an open veld with illegally connected exposed live wires when they tripped on them and got electrocuted.
Paramedics certified the two dead on the scene.”
Princess informal settlement is one of the many hotspots in the City identified by City Power where the problem of illegal connections persists, affecting power supply to nearby customers.
“Illegal connections lead to overloading of the network causing frequent outages, as seen in other areas recently.
Not only do illegal connections cost the City millions in lost revenue, but they are a danger to the residents, especially children,” said Mangena.
The City has about 219 informal settlement across, most of them with no electricity. For informal settlements to receive services they need to be proclaimed first by Deprtment of Human Settlement.
Mangena added that, “City Power will intensify the cut off of illegal connections across the City, while continuing with an education drive about the dangers of vandalism and illegal connections.”
A budget of about R28million has been approved for Princess squarter camp to be electrified, alongside three other informal settlements this financial year.
Meanwhile, City Power acting CEO Nancy Maluleke extends her condolences to the family of the victims of Princess electrocution.