[FROM THE ARCHIVES] The great Transnet fuel fightback
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝟮𝟬 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬.
Fuel is like liquid gold on the black market and from diesel skimming to hijacking petrol tankers and robbing petrol depots, Carte Blanche has exposed every modus operandi. Now, criminals target Transnet fuel pipelines buried at least two metres underground in a network that spans 3800km over five provinces. While it may be more labour-intensive for criminals, the rewards make it worth the effort. But as an assault on essential infrastructure and one that causes major long-term environmental damage, the punishment is just as severe. We investigate how this priority crime is receiving the attention of the investigators and prosecutors engaged in a high-tech war on fuel thieves.
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