Herman Mashaba busts 'kingpin' trying to steal 17 000 litres of diesel

- Police have arrested suspects alleged to have stolen diesel from the Johannesburg Metro Bus Depot Centre

- Herman Mashaba briefed the media after the arrests

- He said the metro would be terminating its contract with the service provider as eight of the suspects were employed by the company

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Police have arrested suspects alleged to have been stealing diesel from the Johannesburg Metro.

This was the announcement made on Wednesday by Mayor Herman Mashaba.

According to the mayor, the suspects were caught on camera stealing diesel from the Metro Bus Depot Centre.

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Police arrested one of the men on Tuesday night, Briefly.co.za has gathered. This individual then led to the officers to the base of the operation, a workshop in Ekurhuleni, where another two suspects were taken into custody.

Additionally, 16,690 litres of stolen diesel were confiscated from the premises. The diesel is said to be valued at roughly R17 000, according to The Citizen.

It is not yet known for how long the diesel theft operation had been running and how much diesel in total had been stolen.

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Mashaba addressed the media at the location, where he said that the kingpin in charge of the operation has also been arrested. He also said that his administration would be terminating its contract with a certain service provider, as eight of the suspects worked for the company.

He said it would be "unacceptable" to continue to do business with the company. As a result, Mashaba says that he ordered the chief of police to inform the city manager that the contract should be ended with immediate effect.

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