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Two Eskom contracted security guards have been arrested for stealing cables. Photo: Eskom

Eskom security guards and taxi driver caught stealing cables

Eskom has criticised the contracted security guards for stealing cables they were supposed to protect and look after.

Eskom substation

Two Eskom contracted security guards have been arrested for stealing cables. Photo: Eskom

Eskom has criticised two security guards that were contracted and a taxi driver after they were caught in a mini bus full of copper cables at a warehouse in Germiston, Gauteng. 

The incident reportedly happened last week Saturday, 18 June and all three were arrested. 


In a statement, Eskom said the contracted two security guards were on duty at the scene of crime when they were apprehended by the power utility’s in-house security officials

Eskom further said that the arrest follows an investigation conducted when the minibus taxi was spotted driving towards the back of the utility’s warehouse in Rosherville. 

“Eskom in-house security personnel found the minibus taxi parked outside the storeroom loaded with the Eskom cable and the driver seated inside. The two are alleged to have spent the night cutting cable into sizable pieces that could fit into the minibus taxi.” 

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Some of the stolen cables. Images via Twitter/@Eskom_SA

All three were apprehended by police and are in custody. 

Eskom Middle Manager for Safety, Health, Environment and Quality in Gauteng, Kith Maitisa said it is regrettable that two of their contractor guards are charged with theft of the material they are supposed to protect and look after. 

Maitisa said over and above the criminal proceedings they have barred the suspects from entering any of the national power supplier’s sites. 

“We are most impressed with the level of alertness and quick reaction by our in-house security officials in foiling this planned theft. 

“It is our hope that this will send a strong message to criminals, especially those within, that we are wide alert to safeguard the assets of Eskom.”

Kith Maitisa


Last week, Eskom issued a warning to Eastern Cape residents about a recent scam involving people who are impersonating its employees or contractors.

The scammers reportedly call customers and claim to be instructed by the power utility to disconnect electricity due to overuse. Their aim is to gain access to their homes. This could possibly be to rob residents.

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