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Eskom employees who illegally connected community using Eskom transformer arrested

JOBURG – Eskom will now subject its employees to its internal disciplinary processes.

Eskom customers have been spared from experiencing load-shedding for almost a week.

This, however, does not mean that every community was spared, some were without electricity.

In a released statement, Eskom announced on 19 March that two of its employees have been arrested alongside a plot owner after they allegedly illegally connected customers using an Eskom transformer and other material in the north of Johannesburg. The three were arrested on 16 March.

Eskom said the two employees were caught following a tip-off from the public. In a collaborative effort between the power utility and the South African Police Service, an extensive investigation was carried out.

“This was part of an ongoing sting operation to deal with any criminality that seeks to undermine efforts to be efficient, contain costs, reduce theft-related energy losses, increase sales and collect revenue for services rendered. This brings the number of employees who were caught in similar unlawful activities to five since 2020 started,” said Eskom.

Eskom’s senior manager for maintenance and operations in Gauteng, Motlhabane Ramashi added that Eskom would continue to increase efforts to curb any criminal activities by their employees and the public. “We will operate fully with the law enforcement agencies on matters,” he said.
“Eskom will subject its employees to its internal disciplinary processes. We, therefore, urge all those who may be aware of any form of criminal activities by  Eskom employees or anyone, to send an anonymous tip-off to Crime Line on 32211.
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