Burnt electrician speaks from hospital bed

A Tshwane metro electrician is recovering from serious burn wounds he suffered when a transformer exploded.

Prince Mona (48) was attending to a job in Doornpoort in the north of Pretoria last Sunday when this happened.

He told Rekord from his hospital bed on Wednesday that he was on standby duty with colleague Noluyanda Nyatja on that Sunday.

“A Doornpoort family had reported they could not top up their prepaid voucher,” he said.

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He said he and Nyatja first went to the house late on Friday.

“The family understandably refused to open to us that Friday because it was already late at night,” he said.

“They called again the next day and we responded to their call on Sunday.”

When the two municipal workers arrived at the house on Sunday around 10:00, they checked the electricity box inside the house.

“We found no fault inside the box and decided to check the transformer box a few blocks away in the street,” he said.

“When we got there, the box seemed half opened. When I tried to open it to check what was wrong, it exploded.”

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Mona said he was badly injured.

“I sustained serious burn wounds to both hands, my neck, my right leg and on my abdomen,” he said.

“My colleague was traumatised. She wept uncontrollably. I was in deep pain. My face was black because of the wounds, my colleague helped me to the hospital.”

Mona said Montana hospital refused to admit him.

“They said do not admit patients with injuries on duty because they struggle from getting payments from the employers,” he said.

“I was referred to Eugene Marais Hospital, they told us the same thing. And I was referred to Akasia Hospital. There has been an improvement from the first time I got admitted here. I hope to get well soon,” he said.

Mona declined to speculate what could have caused the explosion.

Comment from Montana and Eugene Marais hospitals could not be obtained immediately.

Prince Mona lying in his hospital bed.
Photo: David Matsena

Prince Mona lying in his hospital bed.
Photo: David Matsena

Prince Mona lying in his hospital bed.
Photo: David Matsena

Prince Mona lying in his hospital bed.
Photo: David Matsena

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