3 nabbed for tampering with Eskom infrastructure

3 nabbed for tampering with Eskom infrastructure

Three men were arrested on Thursday for the alleged theft of 10 Eskom transformers valued at approximately R500 000 and for tampering with the network infrastructure in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg.

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Cables and poles suspected to belong to City Power were also recovered at the scene.

This comes after the power utility was tipped off about illegal connections supplying electricity to informal settlements in the area.

Eskom’s Motlhabane Ramashi says the 3 suspects are members of the community.

"These arrests followed an extensive investigation through the collaboration of Eskom and the SAPS,” says Ramashi.

“This is part of an ongoing sting operation as one of the multi-pronged approaches to deal with any criminality that seeks to undermine Eskom's efforts to supply electricity.”

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Cele was briefing the media in Pretoria on Friday on South Africans' compliance with the lockdown, which is currently at level 4 restrictions. He said the arrests related to alcohol and cigarette-related offenses, illegal gatherings, failure to confine to places residence, cross border and inter-provincial movement, and transport-related offenses.

Ramashi adds that the illegal connections have hit the grid hard.

“We have recently implemented a rotational load reduction initiative in identified areas or networks that are regularly overloaded, and Diepsloot is one such area.

“The exponential increase in energy demand occurs during peak hours in the mornings and evenings due to the network overloads which cause failure of equipment and explosions. These are a result of illegal connections, meter bypasses and tampering with the electricity infrastructure in areas with high-population density and multiple and/or backyard dwellings.”

Eskom

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says it’s determined to safeguard its assets during the lockdown period to ensure provision of service to residents and other essential services.

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