ZESA Transformer Thief Electrocuted
A man from Bulawayo was on Saturday severely injured after he was electrocuted while attempting to steal a ZESA transformer in the city’s Mabutweni high-density suburb.
Ishamel Mpofu (26) of Pumula high-density suburb suffered severe burns all over the body after he attempted to steal a 50KVA Zimbabwe Electricity Distribution Company’s (ZETDC) transformer around 3 AM.
The incident was confirmed by Bulawayo Police Deputy spokesperson Inspector Nomalanga Msebele. She said:
The informant discovered the accused when he heard him screaming and groaning in pain in a nearby bush, when he went out to check out his chickens in the fowl run.
… The accused’s head was … deformed and was unable to speak. The accused was taken to Mpilo Hospital where he was later identified by his relatives the following day.
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Inspector Msebele said Mpofu is currently facing charges of tampering with ZETDC equipment.
She warned people against tampering with electricity infrastructure.