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    JUST IN: Eskom finds person behind malicious internal sabotage

    Eskom has discovered the person behind an internal intention to sabotage the mills operating at the Camden Power Station. The man who works as a contractor was arrested on Tuesday, said the power utility.


    A worker employed by a maintenance company working at the Camden Power Station was positively tied to an incident of sabotage.

    The accused person employed by a maintenance company working at the power station, intentionally removed the bearing oil drain plug from the bearing. This caused the oil burners to trip repeatedly, Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said.

    “This malicious act caused all the oil to drain out from the bearing, thus damaging the bearing which, in turn, prevented the mills from operating optimally. Camden Unit 4 subsequently tripped after losing all the mills.”

    Sikonathi Mantshantsha

    The incident happened in the early evening of Thursday, 10 November. But intensive internal investigations led to the culprit being identified and was subsequently questioned, said Mantshantsha.

    Eskom has identified a person behind the sabotage that led to the tripping of a generation unit. PHOTO: Flickr/Leigh Heasley

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    “The evidence obtained and the confession made by the perpetrator revealed the plug was intentionally removed to cause the trip. This act of sabotage would ensure that his employer is awarded additional maintenance and repair jobs at the power station,” he said.

    A case of alleged sabotage is under investigation by the Ermelo Police Station.


    Eskom’s general manager for security Advocate Karen Pillay says they have always suspected some sort of sabotage from maintenance contractors. Employees are also suspected to be behind these acts of sabotage, she said.

    “We shall continuously work with the law enforcement agencies to bring these insiders to book and ensure that justice is meted out. Most importantly, that those with similar tendencies across Eskom are arrested and removed from the organisation,” Pillay said.

    Last week, two contractor truck drivers were arrested while in possession of stolen coal.

    But these arrests are the result of persistent and excellent collaborative work by the Eskom Security Team and the police, said Pillay.

    “It is disheartening to find that some of our contractors are unscrupulous, have malicious intent and are willing to plunge the country into further load shedding at a time when the electricity grid is highly constrained,” she said.

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