FALLING electricity transmission pylons are putting people’s lives at risk.
Residents of Matholesville, west of Joburg, want the authorities to act after two transmission towers came crashing down in their kasi, threatening life and limb.
James Sithole (34) told Daily Sun he feared for his life.
“My house is situated near a pylon. I fear it will fall on my roof one day,” he said.
He suspected the zama zamas operating in the area were responsible for the pylons coming down.
“They are seen around those electric poles every night,” he said.
Donald Maseko (30) told Daily Sun the towers were forced down by the blasting done underground by the illegal miners.
Eskom spokesman Dikatso Mothae said the power utility was not aware of the incident but would ensure its technicians attend to the matter.
When the SunTeam arrived, members of the SAPS and JMPD were raiding the area.
They seized tools used by the illegal miners and destroyed shacks used to store them in.
Gauteng police spokesman Captain Kay Makhubele said the raids had been going on for a while.
“This is a continuous operation. We hope to eventually get rid of illegal mining in the area,” he said.
“We involve various stakeholders. To date, we have arrested more than 30 people”