Six people were arrested for cable theft and vandalism of City Power’s property. Two of the suspects arrested for the crime, work for the Joburg power entity, and went out of their way to help cable thieves.
Since April 2022, City power has been noting signs of copper cable theft in their storage facility. Management at the facility became suspicious when there were no signs of forced entry nor physical armed robbery taking place, said City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that two security officers were in cahoots with external criminal elements. It was established that the security guards would arrange the thieving and organise the criminal elements to come through the back of the premises.
These City Power security guards then helped the criminals gain entry through the parameter or make an opening on the face.
The security guards would take them to the copper cables to be cut and stolen. They will also assist them to cut the cables over the fence,” said Mangena.
The security guards as well as three Mozambican foreign nationals were eventually arrested at City Power’s copper cable storage facility in Booysens on Saturday. They are detained at Booysens police station and will appear in court soon.
“We believe they have been doing this for some time, and suspect that there are more internal members involved.”
In a separate incident, another alleged copper thief was arrested in Moffatview. The man was found in possession of three stolen copper cables. Mangena says these incidents are exacerbated by more load shedding as the thefts occur when the power is off.
Just this past weekend, at least 23 incidents of theft of cables, fuses, and batteries, as well as vandalism occurred in different parts of the city.
“City Power is pleased with the above results and hope a stiff sentence that fits the crime is produced to serve as deterrent to the cable thieves.”