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eskomTimesLive reports that Eskom is experiencing such high crime levels that the lives of senior managers and their family members are threatened and they have to use bodyguards in public spaces.

In addition, some contractors are “exploiting and overcharging” the debt-ridden state-owned entity. These were some of the observations made by cabinet ministers during a media briefing on the power crisis on Monday afternoon. “You find that some general managers of these [power] stations, they move around with personal protectors ... their wives ... their children are taken to school by personal protectors. That starts from inside these [power stations] where the criminals from both the internal and external [environment], they collude to steal the whole tank of diesel, the whole tank of oil coming to [Eskom],” said Police Minister Bheki Cele. He added that criminal activities were so bad that employees looking for spare parts in storerooms would find nothing. Police have partnered with general managers of the affected power stations to tackle criminal activities. Cele said a middle manager and five other employees had been arrested so far. “In the past financial year, there were 210 cases opened and 191 of those people were found guilty, some of them are doing between 10 and 15 years in prison,” he reported.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mpho Sibanyoni at TimesLive

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