Eskom Confirms Evidence Points to Act of Sabotage at Lethabo Power Station

  • Eskom CEO, Mr André de Ruyter, has confirmed during a press briefing this morning that clear evidence points to sabotage at its Lethabo Power Station, near Vereeniging in the Free State.

At around 18:00 Wednesday, immediately before evening peak demand, one of the pylon towers collapsed in such a way that it fell on to the other line thereby rendered both those lines inoperable. The pylon services a coal conveyor belt that supplies the 3558MW Lethabo Power station. The power station would have run out of coal within six hours and would have had to shut down but Eskom managed to secure additional power from the Free State to avoid this.

The power utility has found that supports attached to a small pylon were deliberately cut.

De Ruyter said a preliminary investigations had found evidence that the eight supports, called stays, were cut. “The stays that were cut were galvanised steel rods with 24mm in diameter, so they were quite sturdy,” he said adding that “there is clear evidence that there was some cutting instrument involved”.

Clear evidence shows that the pylon stay wires were cut causing the pylon to collapse. Image credit: Eskom

“What further arouses suspicion that this was a deliberate act of sabotage, is that nothing was stolen. This was clearly now, an act of sabotage, and we can call it as such,” concluded De Ruyter.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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  1. I do not know the current state of personnel screening, physical barriers to access, number of threat actors wishing to derail the facility/industry or insider threat mitigation program, but it would seem clear that a security audit is in order.

    Get serious about purging the questionable now, before this rash of sabotage and possible theft escalates into a major catastrophe. Staff, cameras, physical barriers and updating site badges would probably expose gaps which make these attacks so easily perpetrated.

    It would appear that someone does not want an efficient supply of electricity in their lives.

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