Four Transnet employees arrested for copper theft

News South Africa

Tebogo Msimanga |

Four Transnet employees based in Koedoespoort depot, Silverton were arrested on Monday, 03 May 2021 for alleged copper theft. Four suspects aged between 34 and 40 are expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 05 May 2021.

Captain Lloyd Ramovha said the Hawks Investigation proceeded in February this year after it emerged that there were numerous incidents of copper cables thefts at the Koedoespoort depot. “Intelligence gathered revealed that the loot was apparently being sold at scrap metals around Pretoria.”

Meanwhile, on 18 February 2021 the team arrested three suspects for possession of suspected stolen copper cables worth approximately R1.9 million and tempering or damaging essential infrastructure.

The Gauteng Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Major General Ebrahim Kadwa has reiterated a  message of appreciation to the operational teams for the significant breakthrough. He has appealed to the public to report any suspicious activity relating to essential infrastructure and non-ferrous metals to authorities.

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