According to an Eskom media statement, two contracted security guards were shot dead in Philippi East while they were escorting Eskom technicians out of the area where the technicians had to attend to an electricity supply vault.
The security guards were employees of Vusalsizwe Security and were appointed to escort Eskom technicians to and from high-risk areas that are known for various crime incidents such as robberies, gun-pointing, and violence.
A preliminary investigation showed that the technicians completed their work at the electricity supply vault and were leaving the area when the security guards’ vehicle was attacked.
The statement read, “the Eskom employees managed to escape but the two security guards died on the scene.”
Mr. Alwie Lester, the General Manager for Eskom Distribution in the Western Cape said, “We are saddened by this loss of life and the trauma which the families of the two security guards, the employer and colleagues are now suffering. Our deepest condolences to the families of the victims. As Eskom, we condemn this violent act in the strongest terms.”
“I am grateful that our employees were not physically harmed in this attack and they will receive the necessary counselling and support that such trauma has undoubtedly caused. We will offer the same support to Vusalsizwe Security,” he added.
The Police investigation is still ongoing.