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Sacci: Copper theft on the increase

176 metric tonnes of copper worth R12,5 million was stolen across the country last month.

FILE: 176 metric tonnes of copper worth R12,5 million was stolen across the country last month. Picture: sxc.hu.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) on Thursday said it is deeply concerned about the latest statistics that show an increase in copper theft.

Last month alone, 176 metric tonnes of copper worth R12,5 million was stolen across the country.

The latest figures show an increase of 23 metric tonnes compared to the previous month.

The Sol Plaatje Municipality confirmed three of its officials were allegedly caught with stolen copper cables on Wednesday.

Police made the discovery when they were patrolling near a scrap metal dealer.

Sacci's Pietman Roos says the upward trend is worrying.