Suspected copper syndicate boss released on bail

Neil Davies was arrested along with four others at a scrap metal yard on the West Rand last Friday

FILE: A Johannesburg man arrested in connection with copper cable theft has been released on bail. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A Johannesburg man arrested in connection with copper cable theft has been released on bail.

Neil Davies, who works in the metal industry, was arrested along with four others at a scrap metal yard on the West Rand last Friday after being found in possession of stolen copper cables.

It's understood these cables may have been the same ones stolen in the area last month which resulted in a major water shortage in Gauteng.

Davies, who spent almost a week behind bars, allegedly tried to bribe police officers with R30,000 last week when they found him in possession of stolen copper cables worth thousands of rands.

It's understood Davies has other pending cases against him, lives in a multi-million rand house in Johannesburg and may be part of, or head, a copper cable syndicate.