Eskom crisis: Two security guards arrested for stealing 5863 litres of diesel

Two security guards who were meant to protect the Port Rex Power Station in East London were arrested on Monday, 28 November, for allegedly stealing thousands of litres of diesel from it.

SECURITY GUARDS ARRESTED FOR THEFT OF DIESEL FROM ESKOM

The guards were arrested while on duty, said Eskom. An internal investigation found that the pair allowed a vehicle to siphon diesel from the power station when they were on night watch. They were paid for the deed.

Eskom said 5863 litres of diesel – valued at approximately R145 930,07 – was stolen from the power station.

The beleaguered power supplier laid charges over the diesel theft a few days before the men were arrested by the South African Police Service (SAPS).

The security guards are expected to appear before the East London Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 30 November.

The investigation into the matter continues and Eskom hopes it will lead to the identification of other suspects.

“It is appalling that the individuals entrusted with the responsibilities of safeguarding our infrastructure resort to such acts of malfeasance. These arrests are another significant step in our fight against crime in Eskom, and we shall continue in our pursuit to ensure that the perpetrators face the full might of the law,” said the General Manager for Security at Eskom, Advocate Karen Pillay.

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