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PHOTO: EFF activist loses his life while hanging party posters

EFF leader Julius Malema has paid tribute to party activist Lekometse Monama, who recently died while hanging election posters in Limpopo.

Monama was securing the sign while swinging on a pole with exposed wire when he lost his life. One image, apparently from the scene of the tragedy, showed a body under a blanket next to a collapsed staircase.

The ladder is located at the foot of a set of poles that support a transformer.

An attempt to hang an election poster ended in tragedy. Photo: X/ Julio Malema

Monama will be buried on Saturday in Ga Rakgwedi, Nebo village in Limpopo.

Malema promises to support the family

“We have lost a brave and dedicated member of our movement. My heart goes out to your loved ones. Please accept my deepest condolences,” Malema said.

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He added his gratitude for Monama’s “service and sacrifice,” promising to support his family.

“Their family will always be my family and I will always be there for them,” the EFF leader said.

Do not hang posters on electrical structures.

Power company Eskom has previously warned against placing election posters on poles, towers, meter boxes and mini electrical substations.

“Electricity is invisible to the naked eye and the risk is that when someone approaches or touches it, an electric shock or inadvertent electrical contact can occur.

“This can cause serious injury to the person or even lead to death.

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“Placing signs on an electrical structure is not only a contravention of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (No. 85 of 1993), but also puts the lives of your valued employees, members of the public and volunteers at risk,” he said.

The legislation says that only authorized workers can climb electricity poles.

“No person shall invade, with person or objects, the minimum safety distances required in terms of subregulation (1) or require or allow another person to do so, except with the permission of the supplier or user who operates the power line.” .

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