By Kaya 959 News
A preliminary investigation into the cause of death of a newly married Crosby couple has revealed that the family’s electricity meter had been tampered with.
The bodies of Zaheer Sarang and Nabeelah Khan were discovered in their bathroom earlier this month.
It is alleged that Khan was electrocuted when she opened the shower tap. Her husband was reportedly also electrocuted when he tried to save her.
City Power spokesperson, Isaac Mangena said the findings of the report confirmed their suspicions.
He said they suspected that an earth leakage on the customer’s box has been faulty or tampered with.
“If there was an earth fault, the earth leakage should be tripped instead of shocking people,” he said.
City Power refutes family’s complaints
He also rubbished claims that Sarang’s father had lodged a complaint with City Power about the issue.
Sarang senior claimed that he had reported a complaint to City Power and never heard from any officials. However, Mangena said their records did not reflect any calls.
Mangena said the family’s electricity had to be cut until the legal requirements for a safe connection were established.
Speaking to TimesLive, Mangena said Mayfair and Crosby were plagued by vandalism of infrastructure, bypassing of meters by business and residential customers, and illegal connections.
He said City Power has conducted operations to inspect bypassed meters and to remove illegal connections.
“The last operation to remove illegal connections was on April 13 with a follow-up planned for mid-June,” he said.
A metering team will be sent to Mayfair and Crosby to replace faulty meters.
Mangena urged residents to refrain from tampering with electrical infrastructure, vandalism, bypassing City Power meters and illegal connections.
He further warned residents to stop paying people to work on City Power networks illegally.
He said it was dangerous and interfered with the functioning of City Power’s circuits.
“Customers may start experiencing surges and equipment shocking them, or lower than normal voltage,” Mangena said.