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Illegal connections - suspects arrested in Soweto
Friday, 27 March 2020: Six members of the public were arrested in Soweto a week ago for alleged tampering with Eskom infrastructure and being in possession of stolen Eskom underground copper cables. The arrests were made on three separate occasions.  The estimated total value of damages in these incidents is approximately R75 000.
 
In addition, there were two other incidents that occurred on Friday 20 March 2020 where Eskom security caught four suspects for alleged tampering with Eskom infrastructure and connecting customers illegally to the network at a split meter box in Diepkloof Extension 10 and Pimville Zone 6.  The matter was referred to the police and arrests were made, and the suspects are currently being detained at the Diepkloof SAPS and Kliptown SAPS, respectively.
 
In another incident on Thursday 19 March 2020, community members caught two suspects who were in possession of Eskom underground copper cables.  These suspects are being detained at the Orlando SAPS.
 
Motlhabane Ramashi, the Senior Manager of Maintenance and Operations in Gauteng expressed his appreciation to the community members for acting upon criminal acts they witnessed on the electricity network. “As Eskom, now more than ever, we would like to ensure the continuity of supply to other essential services and respective communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as a key enabler,” he said.
 

Ramashi urged all those who may be aware of any form of criminal acts to send their anonymous tip-offs to Crime Line on 0800112722. 

 

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