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A cyclist who suffered electrical burns after coming into contact with a low-hanging powerline had not entered into a transaction with Eskom, nor was he the beneficiary of the electricity supplied. There was no supplier-consumer relationship, as required for a product defect claim under s61(1)(b) of the Consumer Protection Act 2008. This was the finding of the Supreme Court of Appeal in Eskom Holdings Limited v Halstead-Cleak. Section 61(1) creates strict liability for the…