16 September 2017

South Africa: Police Make Major Breakthrough in the Fight Against Theft of Copper Cable an Mineral Resources

press release

The scourge of theft of copper cables and mineral resources in this Province remain a worrying factor to the South African Police Service because it continues to impact negatively to our communities especially the business sector.

In a concerted effort to fight this scourge, the Police's successful Intelligence Led Joint operations composed of various Police Units and Private Securities were conducted in the Tzaneen and Phalaborwa Clusters.

During these operations, two suspects aged 38 and 25 were arrested on separate incidents in Phalaborwa, Tzaneen and Letsitele.

The following items were recovered during these operations:

Copper from the Phalaborwa Mining company

Aluminium cables from Eskom

Copper cable with mark of Transnet

20 litres of transformer oil

1× 4 m blue scale used to weigh the stolen items

Five (05)

Copper cables weighing 60kg

The estimated total value of all the recovered items is about R4 million.

These suspects will appear before the Nkowankwa, Phalaborwa and Tzaneen Magistrate Courts respectively soon on a series of these crimes.

The origin of all these recovered cars and unmarked copper cables is still being dettermined through the ongoing Police investigations which are unfolding.

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