Cops ar­rest 12 for ca­ble theft

The New Age (Gauteng) - - GAUTENG NEWS - KUTULLO MADISHA ku­tul­lom@the­newage.co.za

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.”

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