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Four Ekurhuleni electricity contractors killed by community

This is likely to impact turnaround time as municipal workers now fear for their lives.

The City of Ekurhuleni strongly condemns the brutal murder of municipal contractors in the Germiston area on March 6.

According to the city spokesperson, Zweli Dlamini, at about 17:35, one of the city’s electricians requested assistance from contractors at Sarel Hattingh Street, Klippoortjie AH, Germiston, after noticing a group of community members on the bridge.

“When the electricians approached the scene, the community members picked up the vehicle of the contractors as they were working on-site, threw it over the bridge and set it alight.

“The community then attacked the contractors and assaulted them with various objects – killing four of them in the process.

“The barbaric murder of these innocent people is strongly condemned by the municipality,” said Dlamini.
Dlamini pointed out the victims were trying to stabilise electricity in the same area where they were senselessly attacked.

“How on earth do we allow our employees and contractors to move into communities after such a brutal attack?

“Unfortunately, this will affect our turnaround time to service delivery interruptions because our workers and contractors now fear for their lives.

“We cannot expose them to such risky situations until their safety is guaranteed.”

The deceased were workers of BMLL, a subcontractor for cable repairs in Germiston.

They were dispatched to assist with a cable fault in the area. It remains unclear why they were attacked and the police are investigating the matter.

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