Eskom workers attacked

By Time of article published Jul 7, 2011

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Dozens of villagers in Tzaneen pelted Eskom workers with stones when they tried to remove illegal electricity connections, Limpopo police said on Thursday.

Residents from several villages had mobilised and attacked the Eskom workers on Wednesday, Lt-Col Ronel Otto said.

“They also pelted Eskom security guards who were keeping a watch on the workers. Police were called in and order was restored,” she said.

No arrests were made but an Eskom vehicle was damaged.

Otto said police were monitoring the situation.

Eskom spokeswoman Hilary Joffe said there were no reports of injuries.

She said the parastatal had started a program of removing illegal connections after several fatalities were reported.

“Last year, 10 members of the public were killed by illegal connections and this year there were six. We will engage with the community on the matter.”

Otto said Eskom had not opened a criminal case. - Sapa

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