Two people have been arrested for the alleged theft of fuel from a pipeline in Mpumalanga. They sustained serious burns during the alleged theft.
The arrests were made at Kendal near Phola by employees of Fidelity Security on Thursday night, Hawks spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi said.
The pair, aged 28 and 39, were arrested after the Transnet control room detected a fuel pressure drop on the pipeline.
"Authorities responded to the identified spot and apprehended one suspect, who attempted to run away. He had fresh burn marks all over his body. There was a big fire in the maize field nearby and upon inspection they realised that the flames [were] from the burning Transnet pipeline," Sekgotodi said.
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