Investigation launched into CT teen's electrocution

The teen was trying to install an illegal power connection at the Philippi informal settlement.

A lamp post used as a bridge for illegal electricity connections.  Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - An investigation has been launched after a teenage boy was electrocuted in Philippi.

It's believed the 17-year-old was trying to install an illegal power connection at the Jim se Bos informal settlement yesterday.

A friend who was with the teen said he had climbed onto a pole-mounted transformer and was shocked while trying to switch on the electricity supply.

He died on the scene.

The City of Cape Town says about three years ago, a 12-year-old boy was also electrocuted in the same area after apparently falling on an illegal power connection.