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Wednesday 22 January 2020: An Eskom employee and a scrap metal dealership owner have been arrested for alleged cable theft. The two were arrested separately on Tuesday, 21 January 2020 following intensive internal investigations.
“Our employee was tracked to a scrap metal dealership in the east of Johannesburg where he delivered 108 meters and 160 meters (11 kV and 22 kV respectively) of copper estimated to the value of R280 000, using an Eskom truck on 21 January 2020.  The matter was immediately reported to the local South African Police Service (SAPS) who subsequently made arrests”, said Motlhabane Ramashi, the Senior Manager for Maintenance and Operations in Gauteng.   The two suspects remain in custody and will face the full might of the law.
Eskom will also subject its employee to its internal disciplinary processes.  “We are saddened that one of our own is implicated in the alleged theft, however, we remain committed to rooting out any wrongdoings that seek to undermine our efforts to deliver services and be efficient in our operations. The investigation was informed by our commitment to resource optimisation where we ensure that material is channelled to its intended use.  We will continue to heighten efforts to curb material losses and any criminal act by anyone, including our employees”, Ramashi added.   
Material theft undermines Eskom’s ability to deliver on its service delivery mandate.  Copper theft costs the economy between R5 and R7 billion a year, and Eskom spends about R2 billion a year replacing stolen cables. Eskom continues to heighten security in hot spot areas across Gauteng as cable theft may lead to prolonged power outages and compromises the quality of supply, which affects businesses, essential services as well as the day-to-day lives of society.
Ramashi urged all those who may be aware of any form of criminal acts by Eskom employees or anyone to send their anonymous tip-offs to Crime Line on 32211.