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ekurhuleni thumb medium85 107The Star reports that a senior officer from the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) was electrocuted to death whilst executing his duties in Estera, Germiston, on Tuesday.  

Apparently the accident occurred when the officer, Roelof “Barries” Barnard, a chief superintendent for the Germiston North precinct, saw a contractor working on a substation in the area, who then began to show him where a substation had been being vandalised.  William Ntladi of Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services (DEMS) reported that the officer did not respond to the initial treatment given by medics and backup was called to the scene to assess the victim.  He indicated further:  “Electrical department personnel also arrived to isolate the power, so that necessary medical in-depth treatment could be done on the patient.  Unfortunately, the patient did not respond positively to the treatment and was declared dead at the scene.”  EMPD spokesperson Inspector Kobeli Mokheseng said the circumstances around the incident were not known and the matter had been handed over to the police for investigation.

  • Read the full original of the report by Lerato Selepe on this fatal accident at The Star

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