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News: Cable thieves nabbed in the act!


Media Statement from Eastern Cape Media Centre
Corporate Communication and Liaison

South African Police Service

Cambridge: Cable theft, resulting in damages to the railway and power line infrastructure, are serious crimes which detrimentally affects our public transport system and electrical supply. 

For the past few weeks, the SAPS and BCMM (Buffalo City Metro Municipality Metro) have been monitoring a group of cable thieves who have been operating in and around Amalinda and Cambridge area in East London.

The unsuspecting culprits were digging a trench of about 2 kilometres and had removed a huge chunk of cables when members of the K9 unit pounced on them whilst in the act. Five (5) suspects aged between 25 and 56 years of age were arrested and the bakkie which was used to load the cables was confiscated by police as well as 79kg of copper cables and over 154 kg of lead cables, 3 spades, 1 pik and an axe. They will all appear before the East London magistrate’s court soon facing charges of Tampering with Essential Infrastructure, Possession of stolen property and bribery.

“This arrest is a clear indication that the SAPS is determined in rooting out criminal elements to ensure that our communities are living a decent life, free of disruptions”, said Cambridge station commander, Brigadier Pumla Mdlankomo.  


Enquiries: Captain Mluleki Mbi - 0823017278


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