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Two arrested as police seize copper cables worth R2.7-million

Copper cables worth R2.7-million were recovered by police in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal on Monday.

KZN Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda said they were on a routine inspection when they discovered the alleged stolen cables.

“A compliance inspection operation by members of the Economic Infrastructure Task Team (EITT) has led to the arrest of two suspects after they were found in possession of R2.7-million worth of copper cables at a scrapyard on Martin Drive in Queensmead on Monday.”

He said during the inspection, police spotted two vehicles parked outside the scrapyard and upon searching them, police found copper cables which were positively identified to belong to Eskom.

“After failing to explain the origin of the cables, a 37-year-old suspect was arrested.

“Another search inside the scrapyard also resulted in the recovery of more copper cables which belonged to Prasa and the second suspect, aged 39 years old, was also arrested,” said Netshiunda.

He said both suspects appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Pictured above: Recovered copper cables.

Image source: SAPS