A man has been charged for possession of copper cabling amounting to R10,000 ($774) after police apprehend the suspect at an Eskom cable manhole in Germiston, South Africa.
Cable theft remains a challenge for utilities
According to Sgt Styles Maome, communications officer for the Primrose SAPS: “The officers were patrolling Rietfontein Road when they heard a noise at the Eskom cable manhole.
“They went to have a look and saw three men busy working at the manhole.”
Maome added: “Officers asked the men to produce their appointment cards (agreement letters) as there have recently been a number of complaints regarding cable theft at this particular place.” Read more…
Germiston City News reported, that the suspects had in their possession a 25L bucket containing a chain block, a chisel, a hacksaw blade and 15 pieces of copper cable to the value of R10,000 ($774).
“They did not have any proof of permission to work there,” said Maome.
“While the police were taking the first suspect to the police vehicle, the other two ran away.
“We will hunt for the two who ran away and bring them to book,” he added.
The arrested suspect was detained at the Primrose Police Station and is due to appear in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court soon.
In July, a man was sentenced by the Kriel Magistrate Court to three years in prison for copper cable theft.
The Court has subsequently extended the initial three-year prison sentence for cable theft, by 12 months.
The decision comes after the Court cancelled Andries Koos Mahlangu previous twelve-month suspended sentence following Mahlangu’s repeated transgression. Read more…
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