TWO men accused of stealing fuel will remain in jail.

Delphas Shabangu (44) and Nkosinathi Ngobeni (23) appeared in the eMalahleni Magistrates Court in Mpumalanga on Monday, 1 March.

Provincial Hawks spokeswoman Captain Dineo Sekgotodi said the men were bust by the tactical response team, serious organised crime investigation unit and Fidelity security on Thursday, 25 February for allegedly stealing petrol and tampering with essential infrastructure in Vosman, Mpumalanga.

“The arrest followed information received from the drone team that was on duty, working on pipelines.

“The team saw suspicious people along the Transnet fuel pipeline,” said Sekgotodi.

“Security went to investigate and saw the suspects allegedly digging the ground over the fuel pipeline.

“The matter was reported to Fidelity, and it summoned law enforcement.

“The team arrived and arrested two suspects while others fled the scene. During the inspection, it was discovered that the pipeline was damaged, but no spillage was detected.”

Sekgotodi said equipment used during the crime were seized and now part of an ongoing investigation.

“The case was postponed to Wednesday, 10 March for formal bail hearing.”