Suspected coal thief arrested at Arnot Power Station

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  • On Saturday 8 June 2024, at about 22:10, a truck driver tried to deliver discarded coal containing stones which confirmed the suspected coal swapping witnessed earlier at a Middleburg coal yard by Eskom Group Security Investigation’s tactical team. 
The driver of the truck was questioned and he confessed that he had sold the coal that was earlier loaded at a mine in eMakhazeni (formerly Belfast) and which was destined for Arnot Power Station, for R6 000. The driver was immediately arrested by members of the Middelburg Hawks Unit who are currently busy with further criminal investigations supported by Eskom Group Security Investigations.
“We commend the Group Security Investigations and the Middelburg Hawks team for working tirelessly together in bringing coal thieves to book. There is tangible evidence to ensure successful prosecution of the suspect,” said Botse Sikhwitshi, the Acting General Manager for Security at Eskom.
“The delivery of poor-quality coal often leads to unit breakdowns and cannot be tolerated. We hope the perpetrator, once convicted, faces the harshest possible sentence which shall serve as a deterrent to others,” added Sikhwitshi.
Eskom will continue to work with law enforcement agencies to ensure that illegal coal yards are shut down.
Members of the public are urged to report information regarding illegal electricity sales, fraud, the theft of coal, fuel oil and diesel, and all other electricity-related crimes to the Eskom Crime Line: 0800 11 27 22. Reporting can be done anonymously.
Source: Eskom

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