‘Govt. isn’t dealing with copper theft’

On Monday, several men were arrested in Soweto after they were found with copper cables valued at R800,000.

FILE: On Monday, several men were arrested in Soweto after they were found with copper cables valued at R800,000.

JOHANNESBURG - A company responsible for combating copper theft says government isn't doing enough to help authorities deal with the problem.

Amahlo Consulting is helping Eskom and City Power in their efforts to fight copper theft.

On Monday, several men were arrested in Soweto after they were found in possession of copper cables valued at R800,000.

The group was allegedly on their way to sell the cables to a metal scrap yard in the area.

The Soweto community has been demonstrating over power outages over the past few weeks with fifteen Eskom vehicles being burned and some of the power utility's offices vandalised.

Amahlo's Lucky Tshwane says, "Some of the police stations prioritise cable theft as an 'other', it is not a priority crime."

Tshwane says he is frustrated that criminals get away with the copper theft because there is no proper punishments put in place.