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Long-Running Eskom Theft Case Sees Major Progress With Arrest of Primary Suspect

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

In a ground-breaking development, a 55-year-old suspect, linked to a notorious theft of R14.7 million at Eskom in 2013, has been arrested in Cape Town after a decade of evading justice. The arrest took place in the picturesque Gordon’s Bay region on Thursday.

This breakthrough stems from a collaborative operation involving several investigative forces such as the Hawks’ narcotics enforcement bureau, the national intervention unit based in Cape Town, and the provincial tracking team.

Lieutenant Colonel Siyabulela Vukubi, the Hawks spokesperson, shared further details about the case and the suspect’s alleged modus operandi.

He stated, "During April 2013, the suspect submitted invoices to Eskom for the delivery of pumps which were never delivered. His co-accused were apprehended earlier and are currently out on bail."

Upon his arrest, the suspect has been scheduled to appear in the Strand magistrate’s court on Friday. Thereafter an extradition process will be implemented to move him to Mpumalanga, as per the reports by TimesLIVE.

This case signalled a troubling instance of corruption and crime within South Africa's major electricity supplier, and the arrest marks a major step forward in the quest for justice.

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