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Police in Vosman are hard at work doing their best to locate suspects involved in the
damage of Transnet essential infrastructure which resulted in several litres of fuel lost
and the underground pipeline damaged.
The incident was reported to police after Bid-Vest security personnel noticed an
unknown liquid heavily spraying at Tau Farm on Thursday 15 June at about 17:15.
Police and other necessary stakeholders were called to the area after it was discovered
that the liquid was fuel spilling from the Transnet underground pipeline.
Further inspection revealed that the four-metre-long hole had been dug directly into the
pipeline. The loss is now estimated at R800 000, with the precise value to be
determined after Transnet conducts its 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. “Besides the loss incurred by Transnet, people’s
lives were placed in 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 many innocent lives, maybe including the suspects’ relatives,” warned the