Cops arrest 12 for cable theft
THE anti-cable theft unit in Tshwane arrested 12 people in the last week.
The unit also recovered several tons of copper worth more than R500000 during the Easter weekend.
“This is in addition to the 67 arrests made since the recent establishment of this unit by the executive mayor in October last year.
With a national syndicate of cable theft, this progress, in such a short space of time, is no small feat and it is only the beginning of the change we will bring for our people,” Tshwane mayor spokesperson Samkelo Mghobozi said.
Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga said the war on cable theft was in the interest of Tshwane residents.
“It is critical to note that cable theft not only robs our people of basic services but also threatens to harm opportunities for further investment in industrial areas who need water and electricity services to conduct their businesses and grow to employ more and more people in our city who are in desperate need of work.
“The theft of cables has a knockon effect and the stabilisation of our infrastructure is critical to our ends,” Msimanga said.
The mayor said not only did cable theft cost the city money, but it results in service interruptions.
He asked for community cooperation and support to end cable theft.
“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, so we may shut down these distribution points with a view to killing the market for the peddling of the city’s stolen property.”