Police spokesperson Constable Tumisang Moloto said the man was found dead on Monday at about 9am by a municipal worker at a power station on Mitchell Street, Rekord Moot reported.
“Police arrived to find copper cable cutters lying next to his body,” added Moloto.
Moloto could not confirm the time of death nor the man’s age.
Last month, video footage of a man who suffered severe burns while allegedly stealing copper cables spread on social media.
The footage was recorded by a community member in Lynnville, Witbank, in Mpumalanga, who saw the man running out of a substation.
Community members who live near the substation had heard an explosion and went to investigate after a power outage. The man was said to have suffered severe burns all over his torso, arms and face. The skin was left hanging off his body, and some of his hair also burned off.
Members of the community shouted at the man, saying: “What were you doing? You brought this on yourself; what were you doing in the substation?”
The burnt victim shouted back in pain: “I am burning, I am dying, and it is so painful. Please get an ambulance!”
Residents told the man to walk to the nearby clinic for help, where he was believed to have been arrested.
The municipality later managed to restore power to Lynnville and parts of Ackerville, which were without power for about six hours of that day.
– Caxton News Service