On Thursday the Hawks closed in on suspected fuel thieves, They were successful in making two arrests and seized a number of vehicles in Mpumalanga.
The investigation involved a multitude of teams such as the Crime Intelligence, TRT, Public order Police, Environmental inspectors, Transnet officials and Bidvest Security.
“Three commercial trucks and a private vehicle were seized, along with a DHV generator, a SSHP generator, Gasoline water Pumb generator, sixteen bouser diesel 1000L, blue drum with diesel and two pipes to drain the stolen diesel. ” said Cpt Sekgotodi.
The Provincial Head of DPCI in Mpumalanga released a short statement outlining the affects diesel theft has in the country.
“Fuel theft is a serious scourge on our economy. The DPCI and all our stakeholders will fight fuel theft on a wide range of fronts, from disruptive operations which must ultimately lead to arrests. This is an encouraging step forward in the fight against diesel theft and organised crime.” said Major General Zodwa Mokoena.
The arrested suspects are due to attend court this coming Friday at the Ogies Magistrates.
NewsLiteSA previously reported on an incident in the same area where thieves cut the diesel line at a farm in an attempt to steal the fuel. At this stage, it’s unconfirmed if this incident is related, however, we will follow closely and release the update.