An Eskom employee has been nailed for stealing about R280 000-worth of copper cables from the electricity firm. The worker in question faces an internal disciplinary hearing that is likely to lead to their sacking. A scrap metal dealer is also implicated in the sabotage scandal.
For the last few months, officials at Eskom have listed “sabotage” as one of the main factors of their faulty energy output. Cyril Ramaphosa publicly blamed these inside-criminals for committing illegal acts that undermined South Africa’s energy grid. Following a SAPS investigation, the rogue employee was detained by officers.
The curious case of Eskom’s cable theft
An Eskom truck was tailed leaving a depot in east Johannesburg. It was seen parking up at a scrap metal dealership some distance away. The driver began unloading the copper cables, and that’s when the cops pounced. Almost 270m of cabling was found in his possession.
“We are saddened that one of our own is implicated in the alleged theft. However, we remain committed to rooting-out any wrongdoings that undermine our ability to deliver services and be efficient in our operations.”
“The investigation was informed by our commitment to resource optimisation, where we ensure everything is put to proper use. We will heighten efforts to curb all material losses and all criminal acts by our employees”.Mothlabane Ramashi, Gauteng’s senir operations manager for Eskom
Sabotage: SOE stung by one of their own
Furthermore, cable theft is not something Eskom take lightly. They estimate that it costs the company between R5 – R7 billion a year, and they are currently spedning R2 billion annually to replace missing wiring. The defecit has the potential to severly hamper operations – and the group have vowed to clamp down on the employees found to be behaving badly.
You can read the utility’s full statement on the “sabotage” matter here:
#EskomGauteng #MediaStatement ESKOM EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR CABLE THEFT pic.twitter.com/qh5dO2Qd68— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) January 22, 2020