City Power to crack down on copper theft

The latest suspects were found in possession of 120 kilograms worth of copper.

A total of eight suspects have now been arrested in connection with cable theft that led to widespread water cuts in the province. Picture: Freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - City Power says it's working to crack down on copper thieves and syndicates that operate around Gauteng.

A total of eight suspects have now been arrested in connection with cable theft that led to widespread water cuts in the province.

Large parts of Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg , the West Rand and Pretoria were left dry in August some areas for weeks when cables were stolen from the Eikenhof Pumping Station.

Initially four men were arrested for the crime but earlier this week four more confessed to masterminding the plan.

The latest suspects were found in possession of 120 kilograms worth of copper.

City Power's Sicelo Xulu says they've also seized a vehicle used in the crime.

"They were actually in a taxi that we also confiscated and they were using the taxi to shuttle the cables and they admitted they are part of the syndicate."