FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
14 FEBRUARY 2023
CITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT BUST MAJOR CABLE THEFT SYNDICATE
The City’s Electricity Unit together with the South African Police Service this week discovered a cable theft syndicate operating from an isolated warehouse in Pinetown. They recovered suspected stolen copper valued at R5 million.
Tons of cables seized belonged to the City, Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, and Telkom. The City’s Infrastructure Theft Division discovered that cables had been stored at an isolated warehouse for almost a week.
It is believed that security in the area noticed suspicious activity and alerted authorities.
Five male suspects, including the syndicate’s alleged kingpin, were arrested for being in possession of stolen property. The suspects are expected to appear in court for a bail application. Investigations continue as more arrests are expected.
Cable theft has a negative impact on the City’s communication network, electricity supply, railway, and traffic services.
Head of the Electricity Unit Maxwell Mthembu said the theft of cables does not only deprive residents of the supply of power, but also interrupts the supply of water to residents due to malfunctioning water pumps.
The public is urged to report any suspicions of cable theft to the nearest police station.
Issued by eThekwini Municipality.