TEN people were arrested for allegedly stealing copper in Mpumalanga and Gauteng.
The suspects were arrested in various parts of the county by an integrated team which included the Hawks, Middelburg Visible Policing, Home Affairs and Eskom. The stolen loot was allegedly sold at the highest price to recycling companies.
“The project, led by the Hawks, focused on the criminal supply chain of stolen copper cables within Mpumalanga and Gauteng’s mines and power stations, as well as private or state owned properties,” said Hawks spokesperson Captain Deneo Sekgotodi. The targeted areas included Kriel, Ogies, Blinkpan, Tsakane and Hendrina areas of Mpumalanga and Gauteng.
During the swoop, police reportedly found and confiscated copper cables valued at more than R600 000, weighing scales as well as a sizable amount of money.
The suspects Kas Pretorius (50), Boston Mthethwa (33), Frederick Harold Outram (35),Taron Petzer (21), Monica Mbinka (31), Nicolaas Jacob Swart (50), Salom William Madonsela (25) Jaco Redelinghuis (35) and Marlene Esterhuizen (30) appeared briefly in different courts in Mpumalanga and Gauteng and were granted bail ranging between R1000 and R5000.
The suspects are expected in court again between January 04 and 08 February next year on various charges of copper cable theft and dealing in line with the Second Hands’ Goods Act and Criminal Procedure Amendment Act.