Two security guards contracted by Eskom to accompany technicians during repairs were shot dead by robbers. The guards were on Monday at 16:00 with technicians to Philippi East in the Western Cape, where an error in the power supply occurred.
The guards were employed by Vusalsizwe Security and contracted by Eskom to escort workers to areas notorious for violence and robbery. Eskom says according to a preliminary investigation, technicians had just completed work on the system and were on their way back to their vehicle when the security guards’ vehicle was attacked.
“Eskom’s workers were able to flee the scene without being injured, but security guards died at the scene,” Eskom said in a statement.
“We are sorry for the loss of life and the trauma that the guards’ families and colleagues have to go through now. Eskom strongly condemns these violent acts, ”the power supply’s statement says. Eskom also expressed relief that none of its own employees were injured and undertook to make trauma services available to Eskom workers as well as employees of Vusalsizwe Security.
Eskom, meanwhile, has indicated that large parts of Gauteng’s power is under pressure on Tuesday. This is partly because of illegal power connections in some areas such as Soweto and Ivory Park, but also because excessive power consumption has damaged the substation in the Vaal Triangle.