- Two security guards contracted to Eskom were shot dead in Philippi East, Cape Town, on Monday afternoon.
- The guards were accompanying two Eskom technicians despatched for technical work in the area.
- Eskom workers managed to escape.
Two security guards were shot and fatally wounded in Philippi East, Cape Town, at approximately 16h00 on Monday afternoon while escorting Eskom technicians out of the area as reported in a released statement from Eskom.
The technicians were in the area attending to an electricity supply fault and were ambushed on their way out of the area after sorting the issue.
“The security guards were employed by VusaIsizwe Security and were contracted to Eskom to provide armed escorting services for technicians working in high-risk areas known for incidents of robberies, gun-pointing, and violence,” Eskom stated in a statement on Monday.
“We are saddened by the loss of life and the trauma which the families of the two security guards, the employer and colleagues are now suffering. Our deepest condolences to the families of the victims” said, Mr. Aviwe Lester, the general manager for Eskom distribution in the Western Cape.
Eskom, reiterate the fact that they condemn the violent act in the strongest terms.
Mr. Aviwe continues to say “I am grateful that our employees were not physically harmed in this attack and they will receive the necessary counseling and support that such trauma has undoubtedly caused. We will offer the same support to VusaIsizwe Security,”
The station contact at Philippi East confirmed the statement issued by Eskom, and that Preliminary investigations indicate the team had completed their work and were leaving the area in their vehicles when the attack on the guards took place. The public is encouraging witnesses to assist in helping with this matter.