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Hawks probe link between Eskom employees & cyber-syndicate

The pair was apprehended along with an accomplice during a sting operation at the weekend.

FILE: Two Eskom employees have been arrested for allegedly attempting to defraud the utility. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks say they're investigating the possibility of a cyber-syndicate after two Eskom employees were arrested for allegedly attempting to defraud the utility of billions of rands.

The pair was apprehended along with an accomplice during a sting operation at the weekend following two month investigation.

Alarm bells were raised by Eskom when they picked up fraudulent activity within their information technology department.

Haws spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said, "The suspects were arrested in relation to the allegations of fraud and corruption."

Meanwhile, Eskom has urged South Africans to work with it as it battles financial constraints, fuel shortages and operational problems.

The parastatal yesterday delivered its interim results for 2014 in Johannesburg, which shows a bleak picture for the future of electricity supply.

Eskom said with warnings of more rolling blackouts, the utility is now in its most challenging position in living memory.

The power utility instituted rolling blackouts for the third time this year at the weekend as fuel reserves ran out, forcing it to call on industrial customers to cut their consumption by 10 percent.

The utility says the power grid will remain tight through the rest of summer, warning South Africans may have to deal with rolling blackouts until March next year.