Four men caught in Utrecht with R400 000’s stolen copper cables

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After a joint operation with Kingsley Visible Policing, Newcastle Hawks successfully apprehended four men for stealing copper cables to the street value of R400 000 in Utrecht, KwaZulu-Natal. The arrest follows the joint team responding to information on Saturday, 16 July 2022.

The spokesperson for the Newcastle Hawks, Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo explained that the two law enforcement teams received information about a vehicle loading copper cables at a mealie field in Roodekoppe Farm.

“A joint operation was swiftly conducted and the four were arrested. Police found copper cables to the street value of R400 000, and it was positively identified by Transnet Technicians,” affirmed Mhlongo.

Furthermore, with the four suspects now appearing in the Utrecht Magistrate’s CourtTransnet has pointed out that from 11 July 2022 to 17 July 2022, 29 cable incidents in its Container Corridor were reported. This has resulted in 10 218 metres of cable loss. The Container Corridor links the Port of Durban with the Gauteng economic hub through an extensive rail network of 688km.

This connectivity enables direct railing of strategic commodities from the Port of Durban to the inland terminals of City Deep, Kascon, Pretcon, Kaalfontein, and several private sidings in the Gauteng area and beyond.  

The Container Corridor boundaries are:

  • Port of Durban to Port Shepstone on the Kwazulu Natal South Coast up to Stanger on the North Coast.
  • Pietermaritzburg to Newcastle.
  • Northern Free State made up of Kroonstad and Bethlehem.
  • Johannesburg in the Gauteng province.

The importance of reporting cable theft cannot be over-emphasised. This form of crime is gutting our country’s hopes of a future.

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