Illegal electricity connections a 'big challenge' for CT officials

Yesterday, a 17-year-old boy was electrocuted while attempting to install an illegal power line.

A sign warning of high electrical current hangs on a pylon in Khayelitsha, as wires from illegal connections run around it. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith says officials face ongoing challenges around illegal electricity connections in some Cape Town communities.

This follows the death of a 17-year-old boy who was electrocuted while attempting to install an illegal power line in Philippi yesterday.

The youth shocked after he climbed up to reach a pole-mounted transformer near the Jim Se Bos and Egoli informal settlements.

Smith says the teenager was trying to reverse a trip switch that tripped due to overloaded illegal connections on the pole.

"This is a big challenge for the city. Those two informal settlements are on private land and we can't electrify them. The city has to disconnect those illegal connections. Previously a 12-year-old was also electrocuted after he fell on one of those connections."

Areas including Philippi, Du Noon and Khayelitsha have been highlighted as hotspots for illegal power connections in the city.