“A man was found hanging from the power switch structure. The team, working together with Prasa and police officials, cordoned off the scene and power supply was switched off before rescue technicians started the process of retrieving the body from the 8.5m high switch structure above the rail-lines,” said DEMS spokesperson William Ntladi.
This is the third case in this area of cable theft since May 2020
The man had sustained intense electrical burns on both his hands that penetrated through the body and lower extremities.
“Attempts were made to lower the charred body from the height down to the ground level. Two of the high angle rescuers, in safety gear, mounted up the ladder. Through difficulties, the two rescuers managed lower the body.”
“It is alleged that the man was tampering with the power lines that are charged at 3 000 volts (3 Kv). When scanning through the power lines across all the railway lines, one could identify that none of the five railway lines’ power supply was intact.
“Loose snapped power lines could be seen hanging from switch structures. No electrically powered locomotives could operate through the station linking, that links Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg with Isando Industries, OR Tambo Airport and Pretoria.”