Tebogo Msimanga |
Cable theft remains a huge problem in South Africa. The SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) estimates that cable theft costs the SA economy between R5-billion and R7-billion a year.
The Pretoria Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday sentenced a 24-year-old Malawian male to three years’ direct imprisonment. He was arrested by Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) Cable Theft Unit members on 11 April 2021 for possession of 80 m of copper cable.
TMPD spokesperson Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said the TMPD welcomed the sentencing and added that he hopes this will send a stern warning to those who are involved in cable theft.
The TMPD has a team dedicated to combating cable theft and they would like to appeal to members of the public to play their part and assist the TMPD by reporting cable theft. The Cable Theft Unit works around the clock to catch culprits and would appreciate any assistance from the public as this crime has devastating effects on communities.