A 16-year-old boy from Chivhange Village under Chief Shumba in Masvingo Rural was electrocuted by a fallen ZESA pylon which has not been attended to since December 2021, according to sources.
Emmanuel Manatsa was electrocuted at around 7pm on Sunday after he touched one of the electric wires while he was running after a cow.
Masvingo Provincial Police Spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa confirmed the incident to The Mirror.
“I can confirm that we received the report yesterday at our Muchakata base that a boy was electrocuted on his way home from grazing cattle,” said Inspector Dhewa.
Efforts to get a comment from ZESA Masvingo manager Jacqueline Hlatshwayo were futile.
On the fateful day the deceased went to herd cattle and he lost a calf. He teamed up with his young brothers aged 11 and 13 to search for the calf but it tried to escape after they found it. The deceased ran under the hanging electric cables and was electrocuted and fell to the ground when he touched a live wire.
The deceased’s father, Gibson Manatsa (45) rushed to the scene and found his son unconscious. Emmanuel was pronounced dead on arrival at Morgenster Mission Hospital.
The Police and ZESA attended the scene and the body was taken to Masvingo Provincial Hospital for postmortem.