Truck Driver Arrested for Alleged Coal Theft at Arnot Power Station

The incident unfolded when Eskom's tactical team observed a coal-loaded truck entering a coal yard in Middelburg. The truck was supposed to deliver coal to the power station.


Devdiscourse News Desk | Pretoria | Updated: 11-06-2024 17:57 IST | Created: 11-06-2024 17:57 IST
Truck Driver Arrested for Alleged Coal Theft at Arnot Power Station
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In a recent development, a truck driver has been apprehended on suspicion of stealing coal from the Arnot Power Station in Mpumalanga, following a vigilant operation conducted by Eskom's Group Security Investigation team.

The incident unfolded when Eskom's tactical team observed a coal-loaded truck entering a coal yard in Middelburg. The truck was supposed to deliver coal to the power station.

Subsequently, after approximately an hour, the truck departed the coal yard and proceeded to the Arnot Power Station. Upon arrival, it queued up to offload coal. However, further investigation revealed that the coal due for offloading was actually inferior quality coal mixed with stones, indicating a suspected case of coal swapping at the Middleburg coal yard.

The truck driver was interrogated and confessed to selling the coal for approximately R6,000.

Eskom's Acting General Manager for Security, Botse Sikhwitshi, commended the investigative team for their diligent efforts. He emphasized the importance of prosecuting such crimes to the fullest extent, given the potential consequences of delivering poor quality coal, which can lead to equipment breakdowns.

Sikhwitshi urged the public to remain vigilant and report any information related to illegal electricity sales, fraud, coal theft, and other electricity-related crimes to the Eskom Crime Line on 0800 11 27 22.

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