Eskom busts employees attempting to steal cables worth over R400k

Eskom busts employees attempting to steal cables worth over R400k

- Embattled Eskom has announced the return of load-shedding on Thursday

- But it seems as if the power utility is facing more internal issues than maintenance problems

- The state-owned entity has managed to bust employees who have stolen R468 000 worth of aluminum cables

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Eskom has announced two employees have been arrested for allegedly working with a scrap metal dealership to steal and sell aluminum conductors.

Briefly.co.za reported that the utility had announced load-shedding after issues with maintenance delays, much to Mzansi's dismay.

With this latest bust, President Cyril Ramaphosa's claim of sabotage has been confirmed.

The employees were placed under surveillance and eventually busted attempting to move a truck full of conductors to a scrapyard in Johannesburg:

“Our employees were tracked to a scrap metal dealership in the far east [side[ of Johannesburg waiting in an Eskom truck loaded with aluminum conductor [cables] estimated at R468 000 and intended to be delivered to the scrapyard on Wednesday evening, 29 January 2020."

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The local police responded to the tip-off catching the perpetrators in the act:

“Additional Eskom conductors were found inside the dealership. The police subsequently made arrests."

With the employees, the scrapyard owner and another implicated foreign national charged with theft and taken into police custody, Eskom aim to send a powerful message:

“This should send a strong signal to anyone involved in these illegal activities. Just a week ago, another employee was arrested in connection with a similar theft incident. The investigation was informed by our commitment to resource optimisation where we aim to ensure that our material is channelled to its intended purposes."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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