Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer.
Freddy Mavunda, Gallo Images, Business Day
- Bomb threat over man with unregistered SIM card
- The threat follows numerous others towards Eskom executives
- Earlier this week, a contractor was arrested for sabotage
Police have arrested a 27-year-old man in Mpumalanga who was traced to a bomb threat made against Eskom Chief Operating Officer Jan Oberholzer.
In a statement released on Saturday, Eskom said that when its internal security investigation team heard about the threat, it filed a complaint with the police for investigation. It was also discovered that the suspect had used an unregistered SIM card to send the message.
On Friday morning, the Hawks and assigned investigators from Bidvest Protea Coin tracked down and arrested a 27-year-old male suspect. There was overwhelming evidence linking him to the crime. The suspect was arrested by the South African Police (SAPS) in the Vosman area of eMalahleni, Mpumalanga. He remains in custody ahead of his court appearance next week.
Eskom’s general manager of security, attorney Karen Pillay, said other Eskom executives have also been targeted in recent months. said Pilay:
“The focus on Eskom leaders and employees who are focused and working hard during these difficult times is very worrying. Such criminal acts are malicious and Eskom takes them seriously. The nature and scale of the threats, therefore, require them to focus instead on their personal safety and that of their families, distracting them from the critical task their job demands of them.”
Eskom said it will provide the SAPS with the necessary support to ensure the suspect is successfully prosecuted and that a strict sanction is imposed to deter other potential offenders.
READ| Maintenance workers at Eskom’s Camden power station arrested for sabotage
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter, who has received numerous threats, is accompanied at all times by two personal protectors.
Three days ago, a contract maintenance worker at Camden power station was arrested after removing an oil plug from a bearing, causing the unit to trip. The worker said he did it at the request of his boss, who would then secure further maintenance work from Eskom.
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