Three children died in Pietermaritzburg, Jika Joe informal settlement, on Saturday afternoon as a result of illegal electricity connections.
MEC Sipho Hlomuka has called on the residence of the Jika Joe informal settlement to come forward with information to assist with their investigation into the spread of illegal connections.
“For our province to lose three children in this manner is heart-breaking and calls for a stand against the dangerous illegal electricity connections that continue to spread in our communities. Those who make and benefit from illegal electricity connections must be held accountable,” stated Hlomuka in a News24 report.
According to the publication, the MEC of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, he also conveyed his condolences to the families of the three boys.
The MEC referred to the 16 Days of Activism against the Abuse of Women and Children campaign, reminding South Africans that, “This campaign is aimed at protecting the rights of the most vulnerable within our communities.”