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City warns about dangers of illegal power connections after teen's death

The City of Cape Town has warned residents against the use of illegal electricity connections, following the death of a teenage boy who was electrocuted in Philippi.

It's believed the 17-year-old was trying to install an illegal power connection at the Jim se Bos informal settlement on Monday.

The City's MayCo member for Safety and Security, JP Smith says that Jim se Bos residents do not have electricity services because they are living on privately-owned land.

They are on private property so the council may not give them electricity. The owner of the property has to give consent for council to electrify the area.

JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security

Smith says there have been several similar incidents in recent years and explains that a 12-year-old boy was also electrocuted in the same area after apparently falling on an illegal power connection.

Illegal connections are dangerous and pose a risk. They also have an impact on the power infrastructure electricity network.

JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security

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