A truck driver and an Eskom employee are alleged to have conspired in defrauding Eskom by failing to deliver heavy fuel oil worth R1 million to the Matla power station in Mpumalanga.
Brigadier Athlenda Mathe revealed that Eskom employee Sphiwe Sindane, 36, and truck driver Loveless Mabaso, 41, employed by a company subcontracted to supply heavy fuel oil to Eskom, were apprehended after investigations uncovered that the pair supposedly sold and delivered the fuel to a person known to them instead.
The fraudulent scheme came to light when Eskom received a deceitful invoice, falsely claiming that the fuel had been delivered to the power station.
The loss incurred by the power utility was substantial, given its dependence on heavy fuel oil for production.
Both suspects faced charges of theft and fraud during their appearance at the Kriel Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
The arrests of the two individuals were the result of a Priority Committee on Security Energy investigation, which has been actively probing 1586 other Eskom-related cases.
So far, the committee has successfully made 126 arrests and recovered an impressive haul of R1 billion worth of items, including 42 firearms, 83 loads of coal transported by 33-ton trucks, and mining machinery.
The committee was established by SAPS National Commissioner General Fannie Masemola on 1 April 2022.
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