Man behind Eskom sabotage appears in court

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The man accused of sabotaging Eskom’s Camden Power Station is to appear before the court on charges of tampering with essential infrastructure.

ESKOM CATCHES MAN IN ACT OF SABOTAGE

Simon Majonke Shongwe, a subcontractor of Eskom, is to return to the Ermelo Magistrates Court on Thursday. He was caught on 10 November tripping Unit 4 generating unit with the intention of increasing load shedding.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said an investigation found Shongwe to be behind the tripping of the generator.

“It was found that someone took bearing drain plugs for the main bearing at the same unit in the shaft, overheating and tripping the generator,” said NPA regional spokesperson Monica Nyuswa.

Eskom’s investigation led to Shongwe’s arrest.

“The case against Shongwe was postponed to Thursday, 24 November, for a formal bail application. He is remanded in custody.”

Monica Nyuswa

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ESKOM CATCHES ANOTHER SABOTEUR AT CAMDEN POWER STATION THIS WEEK

Another person behind possible sabotage was arrested at the Camden Power Station this week.

A truck driver was arrested on Tuesday for delivering low-quality coal to the Eskom Camden Power Station. PHOTO: Twitter/@SAPoliceService

This time it was a coal delivery truck driver who was found in possession of sub-grade coal destined for Eskom.

The truck belongs to a logistics company contracted to deliver coal to Eskom, said spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha.

The truck left the mine with the correct specifications of the coal but instead swapped it for inferior quality coal. This happened at a known illegal coal yard in the area, said Mantshantsha.

“During questioning, the truck driver admitted that he was allowed to exit the Wonderfontein Coal Mine by security, without the tarpaulins on the truck being sealed with the prescribed seals, and the seals remained in his possession on exit.”

POWER UTILITY HAS ALWAYS SUSPECTED ACTS OF SABOTAGE

The power utility said last week that it has always suspected some sort of sabotage from maintenance workers. Eskom’s general manager for security Advocate Karen Pillay said employees are also suspected to be behind this.

“We shall continuously work with the law enforcement agencies to bring these insiders to book and ensure that justice is meted out. Most importantly, those with similar tendencies across Eskom are arrested and removed from the organisation,” Pillay said.

Two weeks ago, two contractor truck drivers were arrested while in possession of stolen coal.

These arrests are the result of persistent and excellent collaborative work by the Eskom Security Team and the police, said Pillay.

“It is disheartening to find that some of our contractors are unscrupulous, have malicious intent and are willing to plunge the country into further loadshedding at a time when the electricity grid is highly constrained,” she said.

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