Hartbeespoort couple arrested for illegal sale of pre-paid electricity

A Hartbeespoort couple was arrested in their home in a security estate on Friday, 24 April, for illegally selling Eskom pre-paid vouchers.

“The arrest took place at their rented house situated in a luxurious estate in Hartbeespoort after intensive investigations by members of the Pretoria Serious Organised Crime Investigations unit supported by the Eskom Internal Investigations Department,” Eskom said in a media release.

According to Peter Malitsha, Eskom’s senior manager responsible for internal investigations, the ongoing investigation was triggered by an arrest made in December 2018, where two illegal credit dispensing units (CDUs) were recovered and seized in Pretoria East.

“The suspects are not registered Eskom vendors, yet they issued vouchers which originated from stolen Eskom CDUs. In addition, the suspects were found in possession of fraudulent Disaster Management Act (DMA) travel permits, R20 000 cash and pre-paid electricity vouchers,” Malitsha said.

Another suspect, allegedly responsible for the fraudulent travel permits was arrested in Kempton Park. Malitsha said the fraudulent permits enabled the couple to travel and sell the illegal Eskom pre-paid vouchers.