In a heartbreaking incident on Thursday afternoon, 09 November 2023, a man met a tragic fate while performing maintenance work on an advertisement billboard at the Ivory Park 2 Taxi Rank, also known as Emthonjeni Taxi Rank. This unfortunate accident sent shockwaves through the community.
The identity of the deceased has been withheld, pending notification of his family by the authorities. He was carrying out his work on the billboard when an unexpected and deadly incident occurred.
Eyewitnesses at the scene recounted the horrific moment. Commuters and onlookers were left in disbelief as the man was electrocuted, causing severe burns and releasing smoke into the air.
One eyewitness, Sarah Radebe, who witnessed the tragedy unfold, described the distressing incident. She surmised that the man’s step ladder may have come into contact with live wires, leading to this unfortunate outcome.
Speaking to KAE News, she expressed the ongoing trauma the incident had left her with, saying, “I am still traumatized because he died so badly.”
The community is deeply saddened by this tragedy, and our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased during this difficult time. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of safety measures and vigilance when working with electricity.
As authorities investigate the exact circumstances of this incident, it is hoped that lessons can be learned to prevent such devastating accidents in the future.