Eskom learner technician arrested for extorting money from 82-year-old

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The public are encouraged to inform Eskom of any criminal acts by employees and others. (Photo by Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The public are encouraged to inform Eskom of any criminal acts by employees and others. (Photo by Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

An Eskom learner technician and a member of public, who allegedly posed as Eskom employees auditing electricity meters, have been arrested.

The pair allegedly tried to demand immediate payment from an 82-year-old smallholding owner for an electricity meter that has allegedly been tampered with. The suspects were caught in the act and arrested by Eskom Security and Temba SAPS, who were notified by Bosplaas Community Security, Eskom said in a statement.

They will appear in court in Temba, Gauteng, on Thursday.

The learner technician will also face an internal disciplinary process, said Mashangu Xivambu, senior manager for maintenance and operations in Gauteng.

"The growing number of Eskom employees who are involved in criminal activities is a major concern to us… We are however pleased that our efforts to curb and root out wrongdoings that seek to undermine our commitment to deliver services to our communities are [bearing fruit]," said Xivambu.

Eskom CEO André De Ruyter previously said the power utility had parted ways with "hundreds" of staff as part of efforts to establish a culture of accountability in the organisation.

Eskom has encouraged the public to inform the power utility of any criminal acts by employees and others on its anonymous line: 0800 11 27 22.

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