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11 000 volts kill copper cable ‘thief’

By Nqobile Tshili

A SUSPECTED copper cables thief was yesterday found dead hanging on an electric pole in Queens Park East suburb in Bulawayo after being electrocuted by a 11 000 volts power line.

Fire brigade officers wrap the body of the man who was electrocuted in Queen’s Park East in Bulawayo yesterday. (picture by Obey Sibanda)
Fire brigade officers rap the body of the man who was electrocuted while stealing electric cables in Queen’s Park East in Bulawayo yesterday. (picture by Obey Sibanda)

The yet to be identified man was discovered in the morning by residents who were working in their fields before alerting emergency services.

A Zesa official who declined to be named said 11 000 volts can power up to three medium density suburbs.

The officials said the deceased’s action disrupted power supplies to Mahatshula suburb.

When a Chronicle news screw arrived at the scene at about 11:30AM, Zesa officials and emergency departments personnel were already on site, conducting investigations.

The victim’s body which was almost a lump of charcoal, was later removed by members of the Bulawayo Fire Brigade.

Residents said they were shocked to learn that electricity could burn a person to that extent.

Fire brigade officers lower down the body of man who was electrocuted while stealing electricity cables in Queen’s Park East yesterday. (Picture by Obey Sibanda)

The residents said they suspect the victim was working with a syndicate as there were no tools found at the scene.

A resident Mr Rodger Matshiya said he hoped others will learn that tampering with power lines is suicidal.

“His body was discovered by one of my boys who was working in the fields before I rushed to the scene. What he did is just like committing suicide, he knew that electricity kills, everyday we’re told that electricity kills. How much does he get from this?” said Matshiya.

Another resident Mr Zibusiso Khumalo said his death will be a lesson to like minded people.

Bulawayo’s Chief Fire Officer Mr Richard Peterson said his office received a call alerting them that someone was trapped on an electrical pole at 11.23 AM.

He said upon arrival his team had to liaise with Zesa officials to cut off power supplies before they lowered his body to the ground.

“We received a call that someone was trapped and hanging on a power line at 11:23AM and arrived at the scene at 11:30AM. The power is 11 000 volts hence we had to collaborate with Zesa personnel to cut off supplies so that we could remove the body,” he said.

Mr Peterson said a life was needlessly lost and called on members of the public to desist from tampering with power lines. The Chronicle

  • You need a brain to be a thief.

  • That’s great

  • akamama

  • Good riddance for bad rubbish

  • kana vachida kuba nei vasingaendi kunoba kwadzinochengetwa pane kutarisana nemoto muzhinji kudaro

  • Good for him

  • Very good

  • Uyo akanzwa butter

  • Mybe is a ……………… angitshongo lutho

  • Vamwe vanhu vanotamba nehupenyu akomana

  • All this because of Mugabe’s economic mess

    • Aaaaaaah

    • Erica Mapfeka .Yes the hash economic environment makes people to do anything to earn a living

    • if its about doing anything its more safer to rob a bank than to face high voltage

    • While i agree that Mugabe brought untold suffering and poverty to the majority of Zimbos i dont believe that one has to resort to crime to make a living. There is always an honest alternative. Those people who sell tomatoes, onions, second hand clothes etc are not fools. I would rather die than steal.

    • You have said it Innocent Lungani. Very loud and clear! People should avoid short cuts in life. It’s risky.

    • Even rich people steal no need to blame Mugabe for one’s poor choice of career

    • now is this mugabe who has died & left those children u were stealing,,high voltage magetsi imiii,pane zvimwewo zvekungo blamer mugabe,,,manje soo bona chatunga robert anavo,vake vasara vatove muworse situation baba varohwa nemoto

    • Even wen things were still okay in Zim vanhu vaingoba so m failing to get your point here

    • Vitae Nyamutsaka Kkkk kungoita chijairira!!

    • Brian Shumba Taura hako chero kune the best economies dzacho mbavha nema homeless people are still in existance

    • Munhu aiva vendor uyu but akadzingwa mu street.angoita munyama chete but anga atorarama uyo

    • chero ku Briteni mbavha dziriko

  • Aifunga akuba telephone wire here

  • Tapiwa Theophylous Muriyamwe Ntandoyenkosi J. Nash Zinyika.

  • Ko iye aigobata waya dzine moto wakawanda kudaro, aika zvazvakaoma chokwadi.

  • Done & Toasted.

  • vanhu vanezviwindi ndati

  • Ok


  • Anoda kudirwa peturu topisa to make sure haamuke

  • Why steal ………….

  • Police should net his accomplices, charge them with vandalism of infrastructure. We are tired of excuses that justify actions similar to defacating in wells. As well these malcontents cross the border into South Africa to give the country a bad name by their selfish actions.

  • 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • I advantage yikuthi abasoze bekuqambe ngebizo ngoba uyabe usumnyama tshuu njalo ungakhanyi ubuso pluz ngiyazi amasela akahambi ethwele isithupha,but on another abakini bayabe besithi wahamba egoli ,if ulo mfazi uyabe ekutshiyele iphapha esithi uyaphenduka

  • Kwachu Kwachu!!!!!

  • aona moto…we are busy trying to rebuild Zimbabwe whilst other culprits are busy destructing the little resources we have.

  • Kana zvamubata! Spirit yaanga anayo yanga yakashata chaizvo. Imagine ndikadonherwa ne candle wax ndinouruka, iye anonobata magetsi ummmm ndatya. Sad though

  • afira pabasa

  • Thats very unfortunate and sad indeed. I dont believe that one has to resort to crime to make a living despite the harsh economic conditions. There is always an honest alternative. Respect to those people who sell tomatoes, onions, second hand clothes to feed their families. This guy chose a short cut to riches but its now turned out to be a one way to the grave.

  • Karma

  • Justice done by the electrify in the cable

  • Yes

  • mugabe or not being a thief is not an alternative

  • What if he was actually forced to climb up and touch the wires by some people……..sort of murder

  • My question is where do they sell these copper cables. Thats where they need to shut down. So that if there is no demand there will be no need to supply

  • Izinyoka ziyafa kanje bazalwane, zifele emanyaleni. Ummm even though RIP

  • Serves him right. Ndovamwe vanouraya nyika coz of laziness

  • Ibenzi remunhu siyayi zvife

  • Akamama

  • Umm 11 000 volts is too much oooo, i was shocked by a mere stove on a 230v circuit a day before yesterday ndikamoita all systems out for a few seconds. Ndakazongoona ndakumuka i dont know kuti ndakadonha sei. Uyu haana kana kunzwa kuti agwinhwa akangooma akarembera.gadzirai nyika vana wawane mabasa ava. Even vakadzi vakutotengesa zvese madomasi , ma onion matemba nemipimbira.votengesa nzondora dzehuku nezvidya zvehuku nezvavo zvese ipapo. Hakusi kuda kwavo vana ava,they need food , shelter ,clothes saka mari yacho vanoiwana kupi kana vana Nyamande vachichekerana pakanuna pahukama wavo vega? Crime is never a good thing bt havana option vana ava, its either they do it or they die of hunger. Zvino mwana mucheche akachema nzara akakutarisa kumeso wodii? Hapana option kutoita anything chhinoita kuti agute

  • Kuba ere kuba RIP

  • life is not fair…vamwe vakaba 15 billion but theyre alive and this unfortunate thief tried to steal 2000 and hes nomore.

  • He banna…what a way to die

  • Chero nyila yakanaka mbavha, ma conman, vangovako. Hakuna munhu anongotanga kuti ndakutoba becoz aita nhamo,

  • For the past one month I don’t have electricity because someone decided to vandalise our transformer. Prior to that, the underground cables were vandalised and we had to go almost a month without electricity. When I see such incidents, I can’t help but think that matbe some justice has been served.

  • lesson learnt

  • Kutamba nemagetsi,anga ajaira manje zvamurasisa nhasi nenyaya yekuda zvinu,ange akuda mari yedindi ye Christmas

  • im schocked to say the least!

    Shocking indeed!!! hahahaha

  • Tracey Matambo Lican Mlambo it reminds me of 1000 ways to die

  • Better awana instant justice hapana kunetsa police

  • washaaaaaaaa

  • Kusaziva kwakafana nekufa ungabate 11kV live cable kunge uri kuworera zvitorobhu

  • Wafa wanaka panhamo anenge achitonzi aive nemoyo wakanaka nerudo asi pane 100s of families akapedza mamonths asina zesa nekuda kwake.

  • Chikiti

    You wonder whether these thieves really understand what electricity is.

  • wishes

    A very sad incident, surely policing standards need to improve. The area needs to be secured, avoid the scene being contaminated. Proper investigation needs to be conducted. This could be foul play, suicide or like said theft. Analysing the scene, no tools or equipment found, more questions than answers here. Conclusions unsafe at this point. Rest in peace.