Items worth more than R1 billion were recovered in Eskom related fraud and theft investigations

Items worth more than R1 billion were recovered in Eskom related fraud and theft investigations

More than R1 billion of items were recovered during investigations into Exum-related fraud and theft cases.

More than R1 billion of items were recovered during investigations into Exum-related fraud and theft cases.

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  • Two people have been arrested for allegedly stealing more than R1 million in heavy fuel from Eskom.
  • The arrest is the latest of more than 125 Eskom-related investigations conducted since April last year.
  • Items worth more than a billion rand have been seized during these investigations.

42 firearms, 83 shipments of coal and 33 trucks were among items worth more than one billion rand recovered during Eskom-related fraud and theft investigations since April last year, according to police.

In addition, 126 people have been arrested since the National Police Commissioner General Fanny Masimula established the Priority Security Energy Commission on April 1, 2022.

More than 1,500 cases are currently under investigation.

According to National Police spokesperson Brigadier Atlinda Mathey, a lorry driver and an Eskom employee were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly stealing fuel worth more than R1 million.

The truck driver is associated with a company that has been subcontracted to supply HFO to Eskom.

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Mathi said Eskom employee Sphiwe Sindane, 36, and the truck driver, 41-year-old Loveless Mabaso, appeared before the Creel Magistrates Court in Mpumalanga on Thursday on charges of theft and fraud.

They were arrested after a shipment of heavy fuel failed to reach the Matla power plant in Mpumalanga.

An investigation by the Security Energy Priorities Committee led to their arrest.

“The couple allegedly sold the fuel oil and delivered it to a person known to them who later submitted a false invoice to Eskom, purporting to deliver the fuel,” Mathi said.

“According to Eskom, heavy fuel oil is instrumental in electricity production.”


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