Two Eskom employees accused of theft of R100m worth of fuel oil per month released on R5,000 bail
Two Eskom employees at the Tutuka power station appeared in the Standerton magistrate’s court on Friday for the theft of about R100m worth of fuel oil a month.
A supplier who is also a suspect in the case was arrested on Friday.
The suspects, Jessie Phindile Kubeka, who is a 51% shareholder in a supplier company, Eskom employees Sarah Nomsa Sibiya, senior technician operating, and Bhekizizwe Solomon Twala, senior store person, are all facing the same charges.
They were released on bail of R5,000 each.
All three were charged with fraud, theft and corruption “in a crime in which hundreds of millions of rand in goods and services have been paid by Eskom when such have not been delivered or rendered at the power station”, the power utility said.
“The arrests followed months of internal investigative work by Eskom, in co-operation with the law-enforcement agencies in Mpumalanga. Eskom’s investigations have also established the existence of a syndicate responsible for the theft of about R100m worth of fuel oil per month from the power station,” said Eskom.
The trial has been set to down for February 21 next year.
Four other suspects involved in the same scheme are expected to be arrested during the course of next week. Further, warrants of arrest are being prepared concerning other suspects in the fuel oil syndicate.
“Eskom, and Tutuka power station in particular, continues to be the scene of the most despicable of crimes perpetrated by some of the very people tasked with the stewardship of this public institution and by unscrupulous suppliers,” said Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter.
“While these investigations take a long time to come to fruition, the wins whereby arrests are made and criminals are brought to answer for their unlawful conduct, goes a long way towards making a positive contribution to the rebuilding of the organisation,” added Eskom.