Thursday, 30 September 2021

Bethlehem: Five suspects aged between 36 and 47, were arrested in the early hours of Thursday; 30 September 2021, in Rustenburg; North West province, by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team based in Bethlehem for selling illegal pre-paid electricity.

Their arrests were effected during the third phase of the project driven investigation carried out by the Hawks in Free State in concert with Eskom Investigators.

This project driven investigation began in May 2020 in Bloemfontein, Free State probing the illicit sale of electricity facilitated by illegal vendors who have in their possession illegal electricity vending machines. ‘Ghost vending’ involves the illegal sales and purchases of electricity.

The suspects are expected to appear before the Fochville Magistrates’ Court  on Friday; 01 October 2021.