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South Africa plunged into darkness by rampant theft at power utility

Two black ESKOM employees and their accomplices contracted by the South African power utility, were arrested last week and charged with fraud, theft and corruption in connection with hundreds of millions worth of goods that were stolen. The goods and services paid for by the power utility were not delivered nor rendered at the country's Tutuka Power Station.

Published: November 10, 2021, 1:47 pm

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    The whole country is currently suffering from debilitating black-outs because of rampant theft perpetrated by these employees and private suppliers. The black-outs are called “load shedding” so as not to hurt black feelings.

    The arrests came after months of investigations. The two black men oversaw the theft of approximately R100 million worth of fuel oil per month from the power station. This massive criminal endeavour was made possible after the utility started making use of private suppliers.

    “The suspects, Jessie Phindile Kubeka, who is 51 percent shareholder in a supplier company; Eskom employees Sarah Nomsa Sibiya (Senior Technician Operating) and Bhekizizwe Solomon Twala (Senior Storeperson), are all facing the same charges,” said spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha. They were both released on bail for risible amounts of R5 000 each after quite literally plunging the country into darkness. The trial has been set for 21 February 2022.

    While crippling the power supply which now affects the livelihood of millions of people may be viewed as a benign transgression judging by the low bail set, racial slurs against blacks, on the other hand, are not tolerated.

    Kessie Nair, an Indian man, who had called President Cyril Ramaphosa a “kaffir”, was summarily denied bail. Nair was arrested in 2018 after he posted a video on the president’s incompetence. He faces six counts of crimen injuria and two counts of incitement and was forcibly interned at the Fort Napier Psychiatric Hospital in Pietermaritzburg for a 28-day mental evaluation after he blamed the president for not promoting Nelson Mandela’s multiracial society.

    According to ESKOM, four other black suspects were involved in the elaborate scheme and have been identified. They will be arrested this week. “Eskom, and Tutuka power station in particular, continues to be the scene of the most despicable of crimes perpetrated by some of the very people tasked with the stewardship of this public institution and by unscrupulous suppliers,” said ESKOM CEO Andre de Ruyter.

    The utility chief blamed the perpetrators for profiting from the problems that are costing the whole country. “Whilst these investigations take a long time to come to fruition, the wins whereby arrests are made and criminals are brought to answer for their unlawful conduct, goes a long way towards making a positive contribution to the rebuilding of the organisation.”

    South African power utility ESKOM said in a statement that it was aware that many areas have been without power for long periods. In one instance it blamed “vandalism” at at least three substations in one area as the reason for this.

    In its statement to the press regarding Cape Town in particular, the utility admitted that theft had also been the cause for the outages.

    Eskom’s statement reads: “The extent of the damage has caused severe delays in the repairs to the power supply to customers. Eskom has observed an increase in theft and vandalism of equipment in the Cape Metropole in recent months. It is because of these criminal activities that this suburb has been without power for a long time and residents are frustrated.”

    The power giant says it relied on communities to notify it immediately of any crimes against its infrastructure.

    Breitbart meanwhile claimed that the current problems were due to a lack of “privatization” of the utility.  But twenty years ago, when ESKOM was still a state-owned utility, South Africans enjoyed the cheapest and best energy infrastructure in the world. That was before trade unions demanded racial quotas and ANC cronies started doing business with ESKOM, winning lucrative tenders.

    Black South Africans living it up: ‘Forex trader’ Sandile Shezi became a millionaire at the age of 23 but was arrested for fraud in October. SA’s ‘youngest millionaire’ had no qualms about showing off his ill-begotten gains – a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon, a Ferrari and a Maserati. There are hundreds of these black ‘tenderpreneurs’ on the prowl in Johannesburg. Facebook

    These black “business people” are known as “tenderpreneurs” in South Africa.

    Currently, “stage 4 load shedding” has been implemented. It means that up to 4000MW of capacity needs to be shed. Consumers can expect to be shed up to 12 times over a four-day period for two hours at a time, or 12 times over an eight-day period for four hours at a time, due to depleted emergency generation reserves that were stolen.

    ESKOM on Sunday warned that rationing would continue. “It was anticipated that an additional seven units would have returned to service by Monday, and this has not materialised. While Eskom regrets the escalation in load shedding, it is necessary to ration the remaining emergency generation reserves, which have been utilised extensively this morning as we are not getting the reduction in demand as expected from the implementation of Stage 2 load shedding.”

    South African prosecutors seized luxury property and vehicles worth some 1,4 billion South African rand ($97 million) in early May from black contractors and former officials at ESKOM, as they ramped up criminal proceedings over alleged corruption in construction orders at another coal-powered station – the Kusile Power Station.

    “I’m sitting on information that indicates there is another R800 billion of corruption that still needs to be brought to the surface and investigated,” Ted Blom, an energy expert told the Classic Business 1027 podcast at the time.

    Hangwani Mulaudzi, spokesperson for the Hawks (South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation), told the media: “This revealed that there was apparent gross manipulation of contractual agreements between contractors, ESKOM employees and third parties at Kusile power station.”

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    • Mickey Dumont

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      Its almost comical how the West still pretends that Africans can rule themselves in any other manner than the most primitive of society structures. As the last bastion of civilization, SA, in Africa goes the way of Zimbabwe.
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      • Jim Davis

        Apartheid was the only thing keeping SA from being like the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa. Anyone with at least a room temperature IQ could have seen that. Unfortunately, that excluded Western liberals.

      • R Zella

        Yes, funny but sad for whites. Blacks have always lived like this so it’s the chaotic dysfunctional style they like, stealing what others have worked hard to create and build, and then destroying it.
        “These black “business people” are known as “tenderpreneurs” in South Africa.”
        South Africa is just a little further along than America, in letting blacks have their way. I understand more fully now, WHY those earlier whites kept aparteid and strict law and order especially on violent blacks. Give them an inch of leniency and they’ll take a mile of whining and complaining. Blacks were actually way better off back then, all had jobs, food, medicine and education. Well except for these multi-millionaire black thieves shown above (Shezi).

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        Yes, they are known as “hate facts”.

    • Eric the Red

      I’m sure the power generation situation is due to the white privilege boogeyman that floats, voodoolike over the countryside at night, attacking innocent black people in their sleep. And don’t forget that principles of electrical engineering and thermodynamics are racist.

      • “The ghost of White Privilege n Supremacy!” Anti-white simpletons.
        “The ghost of COMMUNISM!” Cu-ck-servatives

    • Joe Truth

      Starts with an “N”.

      • Symore Butts

        Continues with an “I”.

    • alvin_firpo

      aerosolized fentanyl is the solution to all the boers problems. also, genetically modified microbes, organisms, and diseases could proved immensely efficacious to solving the rampaging n****er problem in south africa.

      intelligence is the key and the bonobo doesn’t possess it in sufficient quantity.

    • D8532110

      Hilarious:

      He [Kessie Nair]…was forcibly interned at the Fort Napier Psychiatric Hospital in Pietermaritzburg for a 28-day mental evaluation after he blamed the president for not promoting Nelson Mandela’s multiracial society.

      Some people are slow to understand St. Nelson.

    • Olt

      If only there was some sort of pattern to such things.

      • Robert McNamara

        funny

      • Jim Davis

        There just might be but anyone who notices it is labeled racist.

        • Jason Ledd

          Sounds like an Enron scam

    • Götterdamn-it-all

      Third world regimes = third world conditions.

      • “State ownership caused this…”
        Breitbart cu-ck-servatives.

    • Jim Davis

      Brain dead white cucks in the 80s who pushed for the end of Apartheid and the killings of white people in South Africa are to blame for this.

      • D8532110

        What about Ilana Mercer’s rabbinical daddy?

        • Jim Davis

          What about him?

    • Hoax & Chains

      Isn’t electricity White Supremacist? After all it was invented by white men.

      • Sally Burnett

        So were candles.Black Africans just use camp fires and burning buildings.

    • TacoTacoTaco

      But these are the best n brightest in the world! In America, where the white devil runs everything because of white privilege 🙃, people of African descent are given priority in colleges (no more sat’s cuz those ‘overachiever orientals’ were scoring too high compared to other poc…figure out which race), people of African descent MUST OCCUPY a percentage of federal and woke corporations (move over more qualified sheeple! We promote on race not merit!), and now this sick ideology is rapidly creeping into the fvcking medical and aviation field!!! I don’t know about u but I want the most qualified (OBJECTIVELY QUALIFIED U SJW FUX) individual to be in charge of operating on me/loved ones, or flying a jumbo jet 747…i could give a fvck what race, sex, political persuasion, sexual proclivities, hair style the person has, AS LONG AS THEY ARE THE MOST QUALIFIED! Why don’t you fvcking libtards apply the “diversity quotient” to college and professional sports? Because you are a bunch of subjective, hypocritical, miserable fvcktards. God bless.

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      Black folks don’t call it looting.
      They call it restocking merchandise.

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    • Lavrenti Chudakoff

      It’s called the dark continent for a reason.

    • Super Mutant

      In Haiti in the year 1900, black people killed every White on the Island, and also the half blacks known as Mulatto’s. https://media1.giphy.com/media/26gR1UvDNVzqUUaNW/giphy.gif

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    • BLMlies

      Every country that is ruled by high melanin overloads is corrupt. I’m not sure why exactly…..

    • ISeeaBadMoonRising

      It’s because of climate change, racism and Trump.

    • Sally Burnett

      South African blacks couldn’t organize a 3 car funeral.Do you really think they can keep a White built electrical grid working?????

    • Smargalicious

      Around the world a true axiom is noted: Blacks in charge of other blacks is never a good thing.

    • novictim

      The solution to black-outs is a locked prison cell.

    • Michael Areno

      It’s Africa, I’m amazed they had Electricity

    • René Fries

      …nothing about hurting WHITE feelings? This is racism.

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