De Ruyter: Eskom probe reveals evidence of sabotage at Lethabo station

Eskom CEO André De Ruyter said some lines that fed electricity to the power station's coal conveyer-belt were cut.

Lethabo power station. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom CEO André De Ruyter on Friday morning confirmed that an investigation has revealed clear evidence of sabotage at the Lethabo Power Station in the Free State.

He said some lines that fed electricity to the power station's coal conveyer-belt were cut.

“Nothing was stolen from the site; the lines were cut and the tower was pushed over onto the other line. So, this is not an economic crime, this was clearly now an act of sabotage.”

The matter has now been reported to the Hawks.

In a more encouraging update going into the weekend, Eskom said stage one load shedding would be suspended at 9 pm on Friday.

“Load shedding will be suspended at 9 pm and there will be no load shedding over the weekend, unless of course there are further losses of major units,” De Ruyter added.