A video doing its rounds on social media is showing the dangers of illegal electricity connection people face. The video shows an open power box with hundreds of cables running off of it. See the video below.
When connecting to the grid takes a literal meaning 💀💀 pic.twitter.com/Lx6zLKr74O— Malume 🖤💚❤️ (@bozzie_t) 17 January 2020
The dangers of having connection like this are easily seen, with rain around, water getting into the box could trip and cause an outage in the whole area effecting businesses and homes.
Children are often left to play unsupervised and young children are extremely inquisitive about things like this, and one wrong placed foot or hand could have dire consequences. It would not be the first occurrence of this as it is a regular incident with the most well know two been 9yr old Siyabonga Scheepers who was electrocuted in December last year after he stood barefoot on an illegal electrical line and the other was when a 3yr old girl was electrocuted in Georgee when she touched a wire running from a homemade ‘electricity distribution box’, the municipality was forced to switch off the power supply as it inspected the area for other illegal connections.
Eskom urges all citizens to please report illegal connection to their crime line on 0800-11-27-22