- An 11-year-old boy was unfortunately killed after he stepped on live wires at an informal settlement in Orange Farm, Gauteng
- The child was with a group of children that were swimming in a pool of water when he was sadly electrocuted
- South Africans have lambasted Eskom for not doing enough to service informal settlements and townships
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ORANGE FARM - In the Tjovitjo informal settlement, Orange Farm in Gauteng, an 11-year-old child was killed after getting electrocuted when he stepped on live wires that were part of illegal connections.
The horrific accident took place along the Golden Highway in Orange Farm on Tuesday, 16 November.
News24 reports that following the incident, the young boy had to be carried to the Golden Highway so that he could be treated by Gauteng Emergency Services (GES), however, he was declared dead on the scene.
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In a statement released by Eskom on Twitter, he was part of a group that was swimming in a pool of water near a railway when he, unfortunately, stepped on the live wires.
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Kith Maitisa, Eskom's Safety, Health, Environment, Risk, and Quality manager in the province says the power utility is saddened by the death of the young boy adding that young children are often the victims when it comes to illegal connections.
Maitisa stated that the connection has been disconnected since the incident.
South Africans react to the death of the young child
Taking to social media, South Africans have weighed in on what happened to the child who was electrocuted. Here's what they had to say:
"As long as this government and NPA don't enforce the law these incidents will keep recurring. We hold you and law enforcement accountable. You should have systems in place to deter these types of incidents incl law enforcement. What an untimely death in the hands of a lawless SA."
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"Our black people are suffering because Eskom doesn't want to install electricity for them."
"Mxm it's because of you Eskom you don't want to fix reported faulty transformers and falling poles."
"So tragic!! I hope you realise you are killing people by not attending to these illegal connections. I reported the same to your helpline 2 months ago at the informal settlement corner Witkoppen & Main Rd and nothings has been done. does someone else need to die before you act?"
"So saddening, Eskom must do something about illegal connections."
"Many people are dying because there are no services in townships. Illegal connections exist because you guys never attend to faults in the townships. It's actually a disgrace."
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Briefly News previously reported that reports state that an eleven-year-old schoolgirl was kidnapped by four men on Wednesday morning, 17 November.
The kidnapping took place outside EP Bauman Primary School located in Mayfair, Johannesburg moments after arriving at school.
The suspects were allegedly seen driving a silver Toyota Yaris with registration plate JS62CSGP. The report of the kidnapping has not yet been confirmed by the South African Police Services, according to TimesLIVE.
Source: Briefly News