The City of Tshwane would like to commend the continued efforts by the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) Cable Theft Unit, working with limited resources to protect our critical infrastructure.
Yesterday, during patrols in the Bronkhorstspruit area the unit noticed a property that was being used as a scrap metal dealer. When they entered to inspect the premises, they found copper hidden in bags that had clearly been extracted from cables. The owner was unable to provide sufficient proof of ownership. The suspect also tried to convince officers that he was an Angolan citizen, however, it was later established that he is a 45-year-old South African citizen.
During the continuation of the search, two small bags with suspected drugs were also found on the premises. Considerable amounts of alcohol were also found for which no liquor licence could be produced. When the arrest was effected, the suspect attempted to bribe the officers with R2 660.
Charges of possession of suspected drugs, selling liquor without a liquor licence and bribery were added to the possession of suspected stolen copper on the sheet.
The Cable Theft Unit is a small but dedicated TMPD unit that works around the clock to fight the scourge of cable theft. We are working continuously to strengthen their hands and to improve ground-level cooperation with communities in Tshwane, private security companies and the South African Police Service.
I would like to encourage all residents who notice suspicious activity around the City’s critical infrastructure or possible stolen electrical cables to report it to the TMPD Cable Theft Unit on 012 358 1550.
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