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23 Sep 2021
6:20 am

Government must pull out all stops for fuel sabotage


Those found and convicted of fuel theft should be handed down the harshest possible sentences, because this is sabotage.

Adjusted fuel prices will come into effect on 1 September 2021. Photo: Neil McCartney/The Citizen

The story of the theft of more than three million litres of fuel from Transnet’s bulk fuel pipeline network raises the worrying prospect of a Nigeria-like situation where scores of people stealing fuel are incinerated when the volatile liquid catches fire. Already, there have been at least five confirmed deaths in South Africa related to attempted pipeline fuel thefts. Some of the theft operations are sophisticated, like the one in Mpumalanga, where tunnels were dug from a property adjacent to the pipeline so that the fuel could be stolen without detection. High walls were built on the property to conceal...