Man dies after power cuts

Eskom blackout (Medium)

William Engelbrecht, 61, died within 30 minutes after the power was cut for the second time on Thursday at his home in Navalsig, Bloemfontein, Beeld reported.

According to the report, Engelbrecht suffered from severe asbestosis and his family believed he had not recovered from the first power cut when he died during the second one.

His sister Lina Herbst told the newspaper that he was permanently connected to two oxygen machines because one was not strong enough.

Eskom implemented power cuts on Thursday between 14:00 and 16:00, and again from 18:00 to 20:30.

The family’s generator was switched on but it was not strong enough to keep two oxygen machines going.

“It could only keep my brother going for short periods of time, if the electricity was not off for long,” she told Beeld.

“It was too much for my brother who had not recovered from the first power failure.”

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