Four suspects were arrested for theft at Eskom power stations this week. Image: File.

Eskom employee, contractors nabbed for theft at power stations

In separate incidents, the employee was arrested for stealing drums of hydraulic oil while the cleaning contractors were after copper cables.


Four suspects were arrested for theft at Eskom power stations this week. Image: File.

An Eskom employee and three contractors were recently arrested for theft in separate incidents. The employee allegedly stole hydraulic oil while the contractors tried to get away with copper cables belonging to the power utility.


The Eskom employee from Tutuka Power Station was arrested on Monday, 17 October, after an intensive internal investigation that was supported by the Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (Hawks).

It is alleged that the employee removed 10 drums of hydraulic oil from the on-site storage facility at the power station. The oil is valued at more than R800 000, according to Eskom.

Following his arrest, the employee appeared before the Standerton Magistrate’s Court in Mpumalanga where he was remanded in custody. He is expected to make a bail application at his next appearance.

Eskom’s General Manager of Group Security, Advocate Karen Pillay, indicated the company will do all that it can to keep the employee in custody.

“We shall ensure that bail is denied, and that the employee faces the full might of the law,” said Pillay.

Meanwhile, three cleaning contractors were arrested at Matla Power Station on Monday for allegedly stealing copper cables.

The contractors were working at the site and reportedly hid the cables in a waste storage container. The contractors were being monitored by investigators who pounced when they tried to remove the waste container from Eskom’s premises.

“We cannot have such individuals who choose to steal so brazenly, within the employ of Eskom. We shall work ardently to arrest such individuals including their accomplices and bring them to book,” said Pillay.

Members of the public can report crime related to Eskom’s infrastructure via its crime line at 0800-11-27-22.