R500 000 worth of copper recovered in Pta

 

Police have arrested 12 cable thieves in Pretoria since the Easter weekend, recovering R500 000 worth of cable in the process.

Tshwane metro spokesperson Samkelo Mgobozi said since the establishment of the Anti-Cable Theft Unit in October last year, 79 arrests have been made.

“This progress in such a short space of time is no small feat as there is a national syndicate of cable theft,” said Mgobozi.

“This progress is only the beginning of the change we will bring for our people.”

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga said: “We will not tolerate the human hand in the deliberate sabotage of our infrastructure that is already aged and in need of replacement and repairs.”

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“Cable theft only serves to compound our work on the already strained infrastructure and we will do everything in our power to ensure it is stopped.”

Msimanga said the theft of cables has a knock-on effect on the stabilisation of the metro’s infrastructure.

“Cable theft threatens to harm opportunities for further investment in industrial areas who need water and electricity services to conduct their business,” he said.

The mayor urged residents to work together with the municipality to make sure the cable thieves were brought to book.

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“We encourage our residents to contact local authorities if they see or suspect any illicit behaviour in this regard and to report any instances where they know cable and copper are being sold.”

“We want to shut down these distribution points with a view to killing the market for the peddling of the city’s stolen property.”

Twelve suspected cable thieves were apprehended during the Easter weekend. Photo: Supplied

Suspected cable thieves dig trenches for underground cables.

Suspected cable thieves dig trenches for underground cables. Photo: Supplied

The Anti-Cable Theft Unit has arrested 79 suspected cable thieves since its establishment October last year. Photo: Supplied

The Anti-Cable Theft Unit confiscated stolen copper recently. Photo: Supplied

Confiscated copper worth R500 000. Photo: Supplied

Stolen cable. Photo: Supplied

Suspected cable thieves dig trenches for underground cables. Photo: Supplied

Suspected cable thieves dig trenches for underground cables. Photo: Supplied

The Anti-Cable Theft Unit has recovered tons of stolen copper. Photo: Supplied

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