Possible copper theft syndicate uncovered

Five blasters, 18 electric detonators, 50 blast current indicators and 13 flashlights were recovered.

Explosives and equipment was found in Boitekong. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - North West police on Friday said it may have cracked a possible copper theft syndicate in Boitekong.

This after officials found explosives and equipment.

Five blasters, 18 electric detonators, 50 blast current indicators and 13 flashlights were found on the rooftop of a shack.

The dwelling was leased by a Mozambican man.

Authorities believe the explosives were to be used to steal copper cables from platinum and chrome mines in the area.

Police spokesperson Sabata Mokgwabona said officials haven't ruled out the possibility that the explosives belonged to a syndicate targeting ATMs.