The Municipality regrets the loss of lives as a result of the confrontation that took place over the weekend at the New Germany Road Informal Settlement, in Reservoir Hills, Ward 23 where two people died and seven others injured.
The incident happened when Municipal employees, accompanied by the security company, went to remove illegal electricity connections. They had responded to a call from a customer about a power outage which was a direct result of the illegal electricity connections emanating from the nearby informal settlement. The removal of illegal connections was necessary in order to restore power supply to the area.
The incident is being investigated by the SAPS and the Municipality will cooperate fully with the police.
The Mayor visited the area on Sunday, 20/10/13, and addressed residents. He appealed for calm and informed residents that the Municipality already had plans to electrify the area as part of the Municipality’s Informal Settlements Electrification Programme.
Whilst the Municipality acknowledges and regrets this situation, it is important to note that illegal connections and the theft of electricity is unacceptable, dangerous and will not be tolerated. People put their lives and others at risk and also affect residents in the area as power outages occur.
As a caring Municipality, we symphatise with the bereaved families and will offer assistance with burial arrangements. The Municipality wishes all the injured a speedy recovery.
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit. For more information contact Municipal Spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 or 082 731 7456 or e-mail thabo1.mofokeng@durban.gov.za. Or Gugu Mdlalose on 031 311 4807 or 072 944 4835 or email Gugu.Mdlalose@durban.gov.za