Five people were arrested in connection with the theft and illegal sale of three brand new Eskom transformers in Gauteng’s West Rand valued at R200 000.
Three of the suspects are Eskom employees and their arrest illustrates Eskom’s resolve to eradicate electricity theft in and outside of Eskom, the company says.
The arrests on 5 April in Randfontein followed collaborative investigations by Eskom, the SAPS, the Hawks and law enforcement agencies to clamp down on criminals stealing electricity cables and other steel components. The arrests followed tip-offs received from members of community. Further investigations are continuing.
Eskom urges all South Africans to support Operation Khanyisa, a national partnership aimed at fighting electricity theft, by reporting electricity theft to the Crime Line by sending anonymous tip-offs via SMS to 32211 (R1/SMS).
Edited by Bev Mortimer, Source: SAnews.gov.za