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SAPS retrieve R850k worth of copper cables supposedly belonging to Eskom

Eastern Cape police recovered copper cables near Bonkolo dam outside Queenstown on Monday and they may just belong to Eskom.

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The South African Police Services (SAPS) in the Eastern Cape has recovered R850 000 worth of stolen copper cables and they suspect that it could have belonged to Eskom. The copper cables were recovered on 1 February 2021 at about 19:00 after Queenstown POP members followed up on some suspicious information. 

R850 000 WORTH OF COPPER CABLES HIDDEN UNDER BUSHES 

According to Colonel Sibongile Soci, Queenstown POP members followed up information regarding men who were seen near Bonkolo dam outside Queenstown with suspected stolen property.  

“Members proceeded to the dam and recovered copper cables hidden under the bushes. The copper cables, valued at more than R850 000,00 are suspected to be belonging to Eskom. The search for the suspects was negative,” said Soci. 

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Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga thanked the community members who continue to provide the police with valuable information and commended the members for the quick response which led to the recovery of the copper cables. 

“The high incidents of theft and damage of ferrous and non-ferrous metals lead to a magnitude of economic and socio-economic strains and continue to threaten key industries which are critical to the attainment of the objectives outlined in the National Development Plan”, said Ntshinga.  

Eskom has since retweeted the message from SAPS regarding the stolen copper cables. 

MAN SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS FOR THEFT 

Apart from finding large amounts of copper cables in the Eastern Cape, a man was sentenced to eight years imprisonment for cable theft in Turffontein just last month. The City of Joburg’s MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services Mpho Moerane welcomed the sentence saying; 

“We welcome the stiff sentencing handed to this thief, which we believe fits the crime committed. The problem of vandalism and theft of copper cables is a serious one which disrupts normal life and economic activity in the City,” Moerane said.

“The residents of Turffontein took matters into their own hands and ensured this thief does not succeed in his evil ways. We commend them for protecting the infrastructure. We urge Joburg residents to report vandalism and theft of the infrastructure. More so because when this infrastructure is vandalised, the inconvenience is felt by the same community,” added  Moerane.  

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