SAPS eThekwini Outer South Cluster has issued a warning to all who are involved in cable theft that police are clamping down on offenders and they will face the full might of the law.

“A suspect was arrested in Isipingo, on Gopalsingh Road, by Metro police, recently. The suspect was stopped and searched and it was discovered that he had in possession 25 pieces of copper cable, bolt cutters and a grinder. The suspect was charged for being in possession of stolen property. eThekwini Outer South Cluster is appealing to the community to work hand in hand with the police to decrease these cable theft cases,” said Cpt C Rhynes, Cluster Communications Officer.

“Cable theft is a huge danger to the community which includes endangerment of our young children who are exposed to live wires when cable is taken. If these live wires are touched when exposed, it can result in electrocution and death itself. It can also cause problems to the traffic lights which can lead to unnecessary road accidents. The electricity in homes are also affected when cable thieves operate in your communities,” Cpt Rhynes added.

“The community is requested to please report anyone involved in these criminal activities. Together we can fight crime and stop these criminals from destroying the infrastructure of our communities. Community members can report these criminal activities and stay anonymous if they wish to do so by phoning Crime Stop on
08600 10111,” said Cpt Rhynes.

eThekwini Outer South Cluster Commander General T J G Ndlovu said, “I am passionate about reducing crime in eThekwini Outer South Cluster. When we make good arrests such as this, we are moving forward in making our communities safer. Together we can reduce crime and bring the offenders to task. Let’s continue to work together to reduce crime and create a better South Africa.”