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Infrastructure thief prosecuted
Tuesday, 4 September 2018: Eskom hereby wishes to report on the successful prosecution of Nkosana Nkwale Lekker, who was found guilty of stealing an overhead conductor at Paardevlei Farm, Somerset West, on 13 November 2016. The overhead conductor had a scrap value of R27 000.00.
Following the investigation that led to his arrest and the recovery of the overhead conductor, the accused was finally convicted on Tuesday 26 June 2018 at the Somerset West Regional Court.
After pleading guilty on charges of theft and damage to essential infrastructure, the accused was subsequently found guilty under the Criminal Matters Amendment Act 18 of 2015.
He was sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment, with two years suspended, meaning that he would serve 28 years effectively.
Eskom is pleased with the outcome of the trial and hopes that the conviction sends a stern warning to deter any would-be electricity network thieves from such costly acts of criminality.
We wish to congratulate Eskom’s Security Department, the South African Police Service (SAPS), and all those involved in the investigation on bringing the perpetrator to justice.