Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
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22 Sep 2021
5:10 pm

Transnet’s big oil heist: Over 3 million litres of fuel stolen this year alone

Sipho Mabena

Five people have burned to death while trying to steal fuel carried by a high-pressure Transnet pipeline from the coast to the inland.

Picture: Getty Images

Theft from Transnet’s bulk fuel pipeline network traversing five provinces has reached crisis levels, with at least 3 million litres of fuel stolen in 50 incidents this year alone. In April, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan revealed that fuel worth almost R250 million has been stolen from the state-owned rail, logistics, port and pipeline company since March 2019. At least five people have since burnt to death while trying to steal petroleum products, including diesel, petrol, jet fuel, and crude oil carried by the pipeline from the coast to the inland. Clandestine depot Last week, Transnet Pipelines’ tactical security teams...