Two male suspects aged between 32 and 57 years have been arrested for stealing diesel worth R 9 000 at Matimba Power Station in Lephalale. They were caught on Monday 28 August 2023 in Limpopo.

It is reported that members of the Crime Intelligence and K9 Units with the Matimba Security Service have conducted an operation following the information received from the source about the employee of a company subcontracted to Eskom at Matimba Power Station.

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The team reacted swiftly to the information whereby the suspect was traced. He was tracked subsequently and accosted while driving a Grader machine out of the Power Station. The culprit was headed into the nearby bush veld.

Two Men caught stealing diesel at Matimba Power Station
Diesel stolen at Matimba Power Station

This is where he drained the diesel into 25 litter containers. They loaded them into a motor vehicle a white Toyota Hilux which was found parked in the veld with one occupant, a 57-year-old male.


The Police have recovered diesel worth R 9 000 and seized the vehicle with an estimated value of R20 000. They also confiscated 6x 25 litres, 1x 20 litres. 210 litre drums full of diesel which were found hidden in the bush.

Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe applauded the Team for their vigilance and dedication that led to the arrest and recovery of diesel.

The Suspects are expected to appear before Lephalale Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 30 August 2023. They are facing charges of theft and also possession of suspected stolen diesel.