Eskom has revealed that the body of a 33-year-old man was found inside the Babelegi main substation in Tshwane.
The power utility said the man was electrocuted inside the substation on Sunday. He is thought to have broken into the substation because the lock was found to have been tampered with.
A technician who had been called to attend to a fault at the substation found the man hanging over the 11kv Bus Coupler Isolator structure.
Emergency Management Services and the police pathology forensic services declared the man dead.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of life and we extend our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased,” said Kith Maitisa SHEQS Eskom in a statement on Wednesday.
“We are concerned about the increase in theft and vandalism of our infrastructure as these illegal activities have resulted in too many injuries and deaths.
“We have intensified our customer education to raise awareness on the dangers of illegal operations on our network as an intervention to reduce such illegal acts.”