Mashaba maintains the suspects were in the process of siphoning more barrels when they were caught.

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has announced the bust of a Katlehong workshop owner who was arrested for stealing the city’s Metrobus diesel on Wednesday.

On Tuesday night, eight suspects were seen inside the premises of the Metro Bus Depot Centre. Mashaba said they were caught on CCTV footage stealing diesel from the buses inside the depot.

Police apprehended a suspect who later led officers to the location in Ekurhuleni where another two suspects were arrested for 16,690 litres of stolen diesel estimated at R17,000.

Speaking at the depot following the undercover operation bust, Mashaba said he wanted the contract for the service provider cancelled with immediate effect. “Working with the service provider is unacceptable” as eight of the suspects arrested are reportedly officers belonging to them.

He confirmed the “kingpin” (the workshop owner) was arrested on Wednesday morning.

He instructed to the chief of police to instruct the city manager to cancel the contract with the particular company.

“I want this contract cancelled today.”

Mashaba maintains the suspects were in the process of siphoning more barrels when they were caught.

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Mashaba maintains the suspects were in the process of siphoning more barrels when they were caught. Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has announced the bust of a Katlehong workshop owner who was arrested for stealing the city’s Metrobus diesel on Wednesday. On Tuesday night, eight suspects were seen inside the premises of...