A suspected thief was on Sunday morning found dead at a power substation near Steeledale, South of Johannesburg.

It is believed that the man gained entry into the substation by breaking the padlock, before meeting his death through electrocution. He was equipped with ‘working tools’ according to the police.

Spokesperson for City Power Isaac Mangena told Drum that this is not the first incident of the kind.

“This is a problem we face at our substations – people breaking the locks we use to secure the stations, so they can do criminal activities. The locks to the station where this man was found electrocuted were broken similar to the incident that happened in Newclare, Randburg two weeks ago where the suspect gained entry into the substation and then got electrocuted.” he said.

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In a statement to the media, Captain Jeff Phora of the Moffat View Police Station said that the deceased was either in his late 20s or early 30s. He went on to ask the public to report any missing persons.

“We can confirm that we are investigating a case of inquest following the death of an unknown man.The deceased was wearing navy-blue sneakers, purple tracksuit and a brown jacket.The deceased was declared dead on the scene by paramedics. He looks to be in his late 20s or early 30s. If anybody is missing their next [of] kin with the following description, they can contact SAPS Moffat View on 011-405-1500. Warrant Officer Esrom Mdlalose is the investigating officer,” 

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