WATCH: Bfn man’s suicide attempt leaves city in the dark

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What many Bloemfontein residents thought was late-night load-shedding was in fact power supplier Centlec trying to save a young man from taking his own life.

The man he climbed onto a power tower on Sunday evening, at the Caleb Motshabi Power Station in the city’s Phase 6 Township.

This is according to Centlec spokesperson, Lele Mamatu, who said that it is a miracle that the man is alive at all as the grid he climbed on had live and heavy currents which could have shocked him at any time and thereby instantly killing him.

Mamatu said that as soon as Centlec received reports of the incident, they were forced to switch off power supply to about four surrounding areas so that emergency medical services would be able to get up the grid in order to save the man’s life.

The man is currently receiving medical attention and the case is being investigated.

Pulane Choane / OFM News