Harare man electrocuted to death
An alleged transformer oil thief was electrocuted and died on the spot in Harare’s Glenview 3 suburb on 12 September 2016. This followed an attempt by the suspected thief to drain oil from an 11KV Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission & Distribution Company (ZETDC) transformer.
The suspected thief with the name unknown died on the spot. According to an eye witness, Mr Alexander Pote, this accident occurred around 3:00am and the man was in company of his friends who disappeared from the scene soon after the electrocution.
ZETDC has lost close to 4000 transformers across the country to vandalism and theft with about 3000 of them lost in Harare. Vandalism and theft of these transformers has cost the organisation nearly $1, 6 million. ZETDC is therefore urging customers to guard against acts of vandalism and theft of electricity infrastructure as this negates on network growth. The organisation is forced to channel funds to replacement and restoration of vandalised and stolen infrastructure instead of network expansion.
Customers are urged to report any suspicious looking individuals seen around electricity infrastructure to their nearest ZETDC offices or Police Station.