The Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation unit in Mpumalanga arrested two men for allegedly stealing Eskom equipment and installing electricity illegally.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi said they received a tip-off about the accused claiming to work at Eskom in Kwaggafontein.

ESKOM EQUIPMENT SEIZED FROM SUSPECTS

The Hawks conducted a joint search and seizure operation with Eskom investigators on Thursday, 6 May, where they arrested two men.

“Intelligence was received by the investigating officers regarding people suspected to be impersonating Eskom employees and installing illegal electricity connections for locals in Mpumalanga. The team proceeded to the address received and during the search two males aged 42 and 43 were identified,” said Sekgotodi.

The Hawks seized pre-paid meter boxes, cables, split meter boards, cards and reflector jackets as well as personal protective equipment and various other tools belonging to Eskom.

SUSPECTS APPEARED IN COURT

The duo was arrested and charged with tampering with essential infrastructure, theft of Eskom property as well as possession thereof.

“A Nissan MP200 Bakkie was also seized as it’s suspected to be proceeds of crime. They were also additionally charged for illegal installation of Eskom electricity. More arrests have not been ruled out as investigations continue,” said Sekgotodi.

The suspects have appeared in the Kwaggafontein Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 7 May.

Meanwhile last month, a 34-year-old Mount Frere businessman Sandile Andres Ntombela was sent to 12 years in prison for illegal power connections in Mount Frere.

He was convicted for installing illegal power connections at a string of flats he owned in Mount Frere. He allegedly continuously tempered with the power utility’s infrastructure resulting in Eskom losing over R178 000.

READ: Illegal connections behind some power cuts, says City Power

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Presh JM Reporter

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