EC Man Jailed for 12 Years for Stealing Electricity from Eskom

EC Man Jailed for 12 Years for Stealing Electricity from Eskom

- An Eastern Cape man has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for illegal power connections

- Sandile Ntombela was reportedly convicted in Mount Frere for the illegal connections he had been using since 2018

- Ntombela's business was also fined R20 000 after his tampering with infrastructure led to Eskom losing around R178 000

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The Hawks have revealed that Sandile Andres Ntombela has been convicted of illegal power connections and sentenced to 12 years in jail. The Hawks released a statement on Thursday, 11 March stating that Ntombela is from Mount Frere, Eastern Cape.

Ntombela was reportedly convicted due to illegal power connections at a building he owns. He was illegally using power since 2018. The 34-year-old's tampering with the power caused Eskom to lose more than R178 000.

Ntombela made various court appearances since his arrest in 2019 and was initially granted bail by the court.

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Man jailed for 12 years for stealing electricity from Eskom
An Eastern Cape businessman has been convicted of illegally using electricity causing Eskom to lose R178k. Image: Gaertner/Photothek
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According to IOL, provincial spokesperson for the Hawks Captain Yolisa Mgolodela confirmed the jail time that needs to be served by Ntombela adding that his business was fined R20 000. Ntombela was convicted for theft and fraud.

A report by News24 stated that Ntombela was sentenced on Tuesday. The report continued by saying that the Hawks proved that Ntombela was using the power illegally which is what led to his conviction.

In other court-related news, recently reported former president Jacob Zuma missing the court date to file his answering affidavit. Zuma's answering affidavit to the State Capture Commission for the application of contempt of court charge at the Constitutional Court was due on 8 March. Reports say that Zuma has missed this deadline.

The former president is refusing to appear before the Commission due to Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. Zuma wishes to have Zondo recuse himself from the Commission before he appears.

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The Commission filed the application in which they stated that Zuma should be jailed for two years for being in contempt of court.

Mail & Guardian reported that the registrar's at the ConCourt confirmed that no papers were submitted by the former president's legal representatives in response to the application by the Commission.

The report continued by saying there is a possibility that the former president will be found guilty of contempt as he defied a ConCourt order which stated that he needed to appear at the State Capture Commission.

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