A 37-year-old man has been arrested in Mpumalanga for stealing diesel from rail, port and pipeline company Transnet. According to the hawks, that the guy and his co-accused were drawing off the fuel from a pipeline in Ogies.
Mpumalanga Hawks spokesperson, Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi said the man was arrested after Transnet experienced a drop in pressure on the pipeline. Sekgotodi said the company then deployed a team which noticed a vehicle next to the line and relayed the information to security.
“On arrival, the security noticed a double-cab bakkie which immediately drove away at high speed. The driver of the bakkie lost control and landed in a ditch. One suspect was arrested and others fled on foot,” she said.
The man appeared in the Ogies Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
In October, five people, including a lawyer, appeared in a Vosloorus court in Gauteng on charges of possessing suspected stolen diesel as well as damaging essential infrastructure while siphoning fuel from Transnet.
At the time, the Hawks said Transnet officials had reported a pipeline pressure drop in the Free State town of Cornelia and contacted local police who found out that crude oil worth an estimated R150 000 had been stolen.
On the same day, Hawks officers, assisted by other police units and Fidelity Security Services, followed up on information about suspects who were in possession of suspected stolen crude oil at a plot in Boksburg.
Almost 40 000 litres of crude oil, two trucks with trailers, two other vehicles and a generator pump were seized, leading to the arrest of the five suspects.