Two security guards were shot dead in Philippi East, Cape Town, on Monday afternoon while escorting Eskom technicians out of the area.
The technicians were in the area attending to an electricity supply fault.
“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,” the power utility said in a statement on Monday.
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 two guards died on the scene, while the Eskom employees managed to escape.
The general manager for Eskom distribution in the Western Cape, Alwie Lester, said the power utility was saddened by the loss of life, adding he had sent his condolences to the loved ones of the deceased.
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