63-year-old woman sentenced to 10 years for tampering and stealing prepaid units

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63-year-old Neliswa Mapekula was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by the Mount Frere Regional Court this week.

She was found guilty of three counts of tampering with Eskom infrastructure and stealing prepaid units amounting to over R189 000.

According to SAPS, Mapekula allegedly tampered with and thus destroyed essential infrastructure of Eskom. It is believed that the crime spree took place between 07 May 2017 and 10 June 2019.

The accused was found guilty of stealing Eskom Prepaid units by disconnecting and then making unlawful connections which resulted in users not paying for electricity.

The arrest and subsequent conviction, on 22 February 2021, was as a result of a report which was lodged with the Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Unit of Hawks in Umtata.

“For count 1 and 3, she was sentenced to ten (10) years imprisonment or to pay a fine of R20 000. On count 2, she was sentenced to pay a fine of R1500 or undergo five (5) years imprisonment wholly suspended for two (2) years,” said Captain Yolisa Mgolodela.