Electrical faults not a major concern for GMM

It will only be a matter of time before the makeshift plans fail and another possible tragedy would be looming.

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A terrible tragedy struck the Schroeder family on the night of 14 December 2018 when their little girl, Mechaela lost her life. Mechaela was taking a bath when the supply cables from the electricity grid touched their roof and electrified the whole house. When Mechaela touched the taps, she received a fatal electrical shock as the current surged through her small body.
The story of Mechaela gripped our readers and 19 9061 readers engaged with the Facebook post, most expressing their condolences to the family and voicing their support.
Residents in Schnetler Street in Trichardt were facing a similar problem when two electrical poles fell over into their properties. The supply lines were resting against a palm tree while residents tried to secure the poles. Cries for help to the municipality fell on deaf ears and Cllr Ciska Jordaan struggled to get the municipality to intervene. The situation was growing increasingly more dangerous every day but the municipality did not take corrective measures. The residents started to complain about receiving electrical shocks when touching taps in their houses. GMM could not afford to buy the poles needed for the repairs. Even after the tragic death of little Mechaela, the municipality did not heed the calls of the residents. GMM eventually made makeshift plans to keep the poles upright. The poles that were procured were too short and brackets had to be made to keep the poles together. The makeshift plans, however, did not last long as the poles started to slant within days of securing them. It will only be a matter of time before the makeshift plans fail and another possible tragedy would be looming.

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Mechaela Schroeder 7 years that died on 14 December 2018
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