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Eskom Crackdown: Nine Arrests at Kusile Power Station over Alleged Coal Theft

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

In a significant development on Thursday, Eskom announced the arrest of nine individuals over allegations of coal theft and fraud at the Kusile Power Station. According to interim spokesperson Daphne Mokoena, those arrested included eight weighbridge operators employed by Eskom Rotek Industries, and a truck driver allegedly involved in illicit coal hauling.



The arrests are an outcome of a robust, joint investigation conducted by South African Police Services (SAPS) and internal Eskom investigation teams, all supported by a team from Bidvest Protea Coin Investigation. The investigations unearthed a well-orchestrated, fraudulent scheme where the weighbridge operators processed transactions, invoicing the Kusile Power Station for coal hauls that never entered the station to offload the coal.


Detained at the Phola police station, the alleged offenders will face court charges soon. Mokoena hinted at more impending arrests as the probe into this intricate network of organised crime continues.



Mokoena emphasised, "The theft of coal is a highly organised criminal activity. The syndicates involved are profiting immensely through the proceeds derived from the illicit trade of the stolen products."


In conclusion, Mokoena commended the relentless efforts of SAPS and everyone involved in facilitating the arrests, demonstrating Eskom's stringent stand against corruption and criminal activities in the sector.


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