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Damage to essential infrastructure, Transnet suffers close to a million rand loss

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Mpumalanga

NELSPRUIT - Police in Vosman are hard at work doing all their best to locate suspects involved in the damage of Transnet essential infrastructure which resulted in a number of litres of fuel lost and the underground pipeline damaged.

The incident was reported to police after Bidvest security personnel noticed unknown liquid heavily spraying at Tau Farm yesterday, Thursday 15 June 3023 at about 17:15.

Police and other relevant stakeholders were summoned to the scene whereby it was noticed that the liquid is actually fuel spilling from Transnet underground pipeline.

On further investigation it was noticed that the hole which is estimated at four metres was dug directly to the pipeline. The loss incurred is currently estimated at R800 000 and awaiting the exact figure after Transnet conducted their investigations.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has made a call to community members to refrain from damaging essential infrastructure. "Beside the loss incurred by Transnet, people's lives were placed under serious danger. Criminals should bear in mind that we are talking about fuel here, should it have happened that accidentally the land caught fire, we were going to lose a number of innocent lives, maybe including the suspects' relatives," warned the General.


Colonel Donald Mdhluli
082 608 6540



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