More arrests made as JHB officials pursue cable thieves

Sixteen people were arrested on Wednesday night. They’re believed to be involved in a syndicate.

Officials discovered plastic bags filled with copper cables at the Dirisanang Cash for Scrap dealership in Industria West. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have arrested four more suspects in Industria West, Johannesburg, for dealing in stolen copper cables following more tip-offs.

Sixteen people were arrested on Tuesday night. They’re believed to be involved in a syndicate.

Large parts of the Johannesburg central business district were plunged into darkness due to cable theft on Sunday.

The city says that it has cost them over R15 million.

Police have discovered plastic bags filled with copper cables at the Dirisanang Cash for Scrap dealership in Industria West.

Lucky Sindane from the City of Johannesburg’s forensic and investigations services says it appears that police officers might be involved in the cable theft syndicate.

Those who have been arrested could not provide the necessary documentations to prove they are legally in the country.

Mayor Herman Mashaba says he has involved national Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and provincial police commissioner Deliwe de Lange.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)