AfriForum lodges complaint against Eskom chief over illegal connection deaths

AfriForum has laid a complaint of culpable homicide against the acting CEO of Eskom in connection with the electrocution of two people.

FILE: Acting CEO of Eskom Matshela Koko. Picture: eskom.co.za.

CAPE TOWN - AfriForum has laid a complaint of culpable homicide against acting CEO of Eskom Matshela Koko in connection with the electrocution of two people in Grabouw and Blikkiesdorp.

A woman was reportedly electrocuted when she stepped on an open electrical cable that had been connected illegally in Blikkiesdorp in Delft last month.

Also in January, a mother of two was electrocuted in a similar manner in Grabouw.

AfriForum has filed the complaint of culpable homicide against Koko at the Grabouw police station on Thursday.

The organisation's Thomas van Dalen says the complaint relates to two deaths as a result of illegal connections.

“The complaint is mainly about a 14-year-old child that was burnt by illegal electrical connections in a squatter camp in Grabouw.”

Van Dalen says Grabouw locals have brought the issue of illegal connections to Eskom's attention on numerous occasions but nothing has been done about it.

AfriForum on Wednesday announced top prosecutor Gerrie Nel has left the National Prosecuting Authority to head up a private prosecuting unit to tackle cases the agency does not pursue.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)