Boy, 8, killed by exposed cables

Durban - Another child has been electrocuted by exposed electrical cables believed to have been left by thieves in Copesville in Pietermaritzburg.

Netcare 911 spokeswoman Santi Steinmann said that the eight-year-old boy was already dead when paramedics arrived on Sunday.

File photo: Bongiwe Mchunu. Credit: Independent Newspapers

Police spokesman Thulani Zwane said the identity of the boy was still unknown.

The theft of cables and installation of illegal electricity connections, near informal settlements, were a major challenge for the Msunduzi Municipality.

A project was under way to electrify all informal settlements to ease the problem.

In January, 14-year-old Thabani Zondo was electrocuted in Copesville.

He had been playing soccer with friends when he went to fetch the ball, which had rolled into a stream. When he stepped into the water, he was killed by live electrical cables that crisscrossed the stream.

In July last year, 6-year-old Aviwe Vava of the Eastern Cape was visiting her parents at the Jika Joe settlement in Pietermaritzburg when she slipped and was electrocuted as she grabbed a live wire in an attempt to break her fall.

In September, Moshe Motoung, 36, was electrocuted in the same settlement.

Lucky Mzila was found dead in a ditch in Regina Road, Northdale, in September. His body was lying on top of illegal cables that snaked to a nearby informal settlement.

Last year, Esther Mungal, 67, survived being shocked by an illegal electrical connection running through her yard in Copesville.