Girl (14) electrocuted by illegal electrical connection

It’s believed the line was connected to a shack with an electric cable running through its roof.

FILE: An illegal electricity connection. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has admitted that trying to curb illegal electrical connections in informal settlements is an uphill battle.

In a recent incident, a 14-year-old girl from Khayelitsha was electrocuted after she touched a charged makeshift washing line.

It's believed the line was connected to a shack with an electric cable running through its roof.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says children are often the victims of illegal electricity connections.

"What tends to happen is that the syndicate switch operates under these conditions tend to be pushed out by the police and by Eskom's own investigative unit. Different hot spots occur at different times and tends to be a moving target."