Bizarre Scene As Family Turn Transformer Substation To A Home
There was drama in Randburg, Johannesburg when the Department of Environment and Infrastructure Services agents found a Zimbabwean family staying within a transformer substation which they had turned into a home.
According to the Department of Environment and Infrastructure Services, the desperate mother and her four children had occupied an 11Kv high voltage transformer substation chamber in Randburg.
The discovery was only made on Monday during operation #Kleena Joburg and it is currently not clear how long the family had been staying in the substation but the family was living in a very dangerous high voltage chamber in Randburg.
According to eNCA, furniture, a chest-freezer, beds, wardrobes, and a stove was found inside the transformer substation.
MMC for environmental and infrastructure services Mpho Moerane said that she understands that housing is a problem in South Africa but they had to evict her as she was putting her life and that of her children at risk.
“The problem of homelessness is big in the City of Johannesburg because of the lack of economic opportunities available. While the situation we found is a sad one, it’s a very dangerous one and there are even children involved. But the biggest concern is the illegality and vandalism that happened for them to be in there in the first place. That is why we had to save them by evicting them,” said MMC Moerane.
MMC Moerane revealed that she has engaged with the social development department and other authorities to assist the family with a place to stay and other social needs.
This is not the first time people have been occupying substations. So far three people who had occupied some of the chambers in Johannesburg had been electrocuted.