Wednesday 15 March 2017: Two suspects were arrested in Orkney in the North West on 6 March 2017
after they were found in possession of 173 kilograms of suspected stolen copper
cable with an estimated value of about R11 000.
The two, a male and his female companion, were
arrested after their vehicle was seen leaving a scrap metal dealer in Orkney.
“When our investigators stopped and searched the
vehicle,” said Tebogo Rakau, Divisional Executive for Security at Eskom, “they
found the boot of the car full of bundles of stripped copper cable. They also
found a bolt cutter, hacksaw blades and a crowbar, which we believe were used
to illegally obtain the cable.”
A case has been opened at the Orkney SAPS where all
the evidence was handed in.
“Cable theft remains rife across the country. However,
we have intensified our efforts in snuffing out this crime and remain resolute
in our fight against all forms of electricity theft,” Rakau said.