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Four arrested for cable theft worth R100,000

Police noticed two men on CCTV trying to steal copper cables in the Joburg CBD this morning.

Stolen copper cables. Picture: SAPS.
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JOHANNESBURG - Four people have been arrested in Johannesburg in connection with cable theft amounting to R100,000.

Police noticed two men on CCTV trying to steal copper cables on Diagonal Street in the CBD this morning.

The theft would have affected a large part of the city.

The City of Johannesburg’s Virgil James says the courts are now issuing harsher sentences for the theft of not only copper cables, but any municipal infrastructure.  

James has also issued a warned to scrapyards buying copper.

“Our enforcement go out regularly and so they inform these scrapyard dealers about the impact of cable theft and the danger of dealing in it. If they do so wilfully, it means they are colluding because it’s a way of making a quick buck.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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