Scrap metal dealers are warned to not buy stolen copper. Image: Google maps/ Pixabay

Warning issued to scrap metal dealers buying stolen copper

Police are warning scrap metal dealers against buying stolen copper after the theft of cables to the value of R1 million


Scrap metal dealers are warned to not buy stolen copper. Image: Google maps/ Pixabay

Scrap metal dealers and anyone buying copper cables illegally are being warned by police that they will be arrested, charged, and their businesses will be closed down.

The high incidences of ferrous and non-ferrous metal theft and damage cause many economic and socioeconomic strains and continue to threaten critical industries.

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Theft of copper cables to the value of R1 million

This warning follows the theft of R1 million worth of copper cables from an electrical substation.

The theft happened in Struandale on Tuesday afternoon, 17 January 2023.

The two security guards on duty at the substation are said to have been held at gunpoint.

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Three suspects arrived in a white LDV bakkie around 13:45. They wore reflector jackets and tied the guards up.

They were later joined by five more suspects.

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The underground power cable was excavated and loaded into the bakkie.

Police are investigating a case of business robbery.

Nelson Mandela District Commissioner, Major General Vuyisile Ncata said that the threat of ferrous and non-ferrous metals and essential infrastructure-related crimes remains a top priority for the SAPS.

“These damages and theft are tantamount to economic sabotage therefore, we will make every effort to ensure that these perpetrators are traced, arrested, and convicted. We appeal to the communities to provide information on criminals who steal or interfere with and damage infrastructure,” said Ncata.