A 27-year-old man was electrocuted to death by the exposed wiring of an illegal electrical connection, commonly known as izinyoka.

Colonel Thembeka Mbhele, police spokesperson said the incident happened in Tongaat, north of Durban, on Sunday morning.

The discovery of the lifeless body of Preansun Govender was found lying in a trench next to the illegal connection.

She said the police have opened an inquest docket following the incident.

Mbhele also said Police received an emergency call at 06:00 and responded to the Edmunds Burry Crescent Belvedere incident. She said “The body was taken to the Phoenix government mortuary for a postmortem to be held”.

A report of the incident from the Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) details that the Tongaat Operations Centre received a call at approximately 04:56 from a passer-by who had made the discovery.

“On arrival, Reaction Officers found the victim in a pathway lying in a ditch on top of illegally connected electricity cables. The cables were leading to an informal settlement on Edmundsbury Street in Flamingo Heights, Tongaat.”

RUSA further stated the eThekwini electricity department was called to the scene and, on arrival, disconnected the power.