Police are investigating the possibility that it is an attempted metal theft-related electrocution.

A cable thief dangled like a wet piece of washing hanging on a line after he electrocuted himself to death while attempting to steal cables in Philippi.

His boots were found on the ground, standing on a crate.

Videos and images of the scene went viral on social media platforms.

Cops have since opened an inquest docket and say the man had been cutting electrical overhead cables of the railway line when he was electrocuted and died.

Police spokesperson, Siyabulela Malo explains: “An inquest docket has been opened for investigation after an unknown man was electrocuted while lying on the crossbar frame busy cutting electric overhead cables of the railway line.

“He was found still hanging on the cross bar at Philippi Railway Service road behind Hazeldene in Philippi.”

Metrorail spokesperson, Riana Scott says cops are investigating the incident: Metrorail confirms that a body was found this morning between Nyanga and Philippi.

Police are investigating the possibility that it is an attempted metal theft-related electrocution.

 

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Police are investigating the possibility that it is an attempted metal theft-related electrocution. A cable thief dangled like a wet piece of washing hanging on a line after he electrocuted himself to death while attempting to steal cables in Philippi. Police and members from Metrorail were called to the grim scene...