Copper thieves hit Boland
Five farms in the Boland were targeted by copper thieves.
CAPE TOWN - Copper theft is on the rise again in the Boland.
Franschhoek police on Monday said at least five farms have been targeted by copper thieves in recent weeks.
Police said they were struggling to bring the suspects to book.
The police's Marize Papier said communities were forcing youngsters to commit the crime.
"The eldest sends the youngest to go and steal the copper, and then they come and hand it over and get money for that."
Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town's Anti Metal Theft Unit, the Copperheads, recently met with Boland farmers affected by the surge in crime.
Unit Head Neil Arendse said, "We looked at a few strategies that they could possibly put in place in order to try to curb this problem. We are making all the scrap yards a hot place to sell stolen goods, and because of this we are driving some of these culprits to the outskirts."