- At least two children have died after being electrocuted by exposed wires in the City of Johannesburg
- According to police, illegal electricity connections may have contributed to the children's untimely deaths
- One City spokesperson says at least 21 electrocutions have happened in the last 2 years
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Two children, aged 3 and 5-years-old, have been fatally electrocuted at an informal settlement near Cleveland in Johannesburg.
It's suspected the children were playing near exposed wires before being struck by the chords. The Mangolongolo Informal Settlement is a known hot-spot for electricity theft and police are warning suspects to stop the illegal activity, eNCA reports.
The loss of lives and loss of revenue to power utilities due to illegal electricity connections has caused a huge problem in the city.
Speaking with Jacaranda FM, City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena says at least 21 electrocution cases have been reported in the past two financial years, with six of them happening this year.
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He's warning residents against the dangers of illegal electricity connections.
Pietermaritzburg man dies after being mugged in broad daylight for cell phone
The only thing taken from him was his cell phone, his mom later posted on Facebook that her son had died.
She called on any witnesses to come forward to help arrest the men who took her son's life.
The Witness reported that a woman did see the attack, she said it was traumatic for her and her seven-year-old grandson. She described how Westley was stabbed at least two times, once in the back and once in the stomach before the thieves fled with his cell phone.
She pressed her hooter repeatedly to try and alert people but sadly no one came to Westley's aid.
Police spokesperson, Captain Kholeka Mhlongo has said that a case of murder had been opened.
Westley had gone to the hospital following the attack complaining of pain and sadly passed away.
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