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Cable theft now critical

Cable theft in Matjhabeng has now reached extreme levels.

In four incidents in Odendaalsrus and Virginia on Thursday (06/06), cable to the value of more than R32 million, and measuring almost 4 000 m, was stolen.

Cable theft in Welkom, Bronville, Odendaalsrus and Virginia – from 1 May to 6 June – is now well in excess of R50 million.

Added to this are business burglaries at Virginia stores totalling R320 000 and vandalism at the Department of Parks and Recreation in Welkom totalling R240 000.

Supt. Bokvel Pietersen says for the period 1 May to 1 June he has diligently and meticulously laid 26 cases of cable theft (Welkom and Odendalrus), eight cases of housebreaking (Virginia) and one case of malicious damage to property (at Welkom’s Traffic Department’s training college).

Pietersen says the total onslaught on the electrical network and municipal property is frightening and never ending.

“I am scarcely finished at one scene, and I get notified of a new incident,” he says.

He says of the more than 35 cases he has registered, and for which he has case numbers, only a handful seem to be under active investigation.

Capt. Stephen Thakeng of the Welkom Cluster says according to police records theft of copper cable in Welkom reported from 1 May until 10 June only totals R807 318.

“All cases are receiving attention and are been tho­roughly investigated, thus we are appealing to residents to be a reporting nation,” says Thakeng.

Since Vista started making enquiries on 1 June, there has been a renewed onslaught in Odendaalsrus with three more incidents, totalling R1 350 000, happening on one day, on Thursday (06/06).

Over 200 m of cable was stolen on this day. In Virginia on the same day, 3 500 m of cable were disco­vered to be dug up and stolen. This totals a staggering R30 million.

Pietersen says cost estimates are for raw cost of the product taken, and excludes replacement cost and labour.

Thakeng says they can only confirm six cases being registered in Odendaalsrus from 4 to 10 June.

“Theft of copper cables, water pumps, electric cables, water pipes and damage to a sub-station was reported to the police in this period. The stolen items and damage amounts to R56 500,” says Thakeng.

On Tuesday (11/06) theft of copper cable amounting to R11 500 occurred in Flamingo Park.

Pietersen says the theft and vandalism is ongoing, happening daily.

“The thieves know exactly where to strike. Some of the incidents are happening in full view of patrolling security firms. This is a total attack on Welkom. Millions and millions of rands are going down the drain,” he says.

Mlungisi Martins, spokesperson for the mayor’s office, told Vista in a press statement on Wednesday, 5 June, that the municipal infrastructure is being vandalised by illegal miners (zama-zamas) on a daily basis.

“Members of the community are dying at the hands of these criminals. This problem has been reported to the province and also to the president to assist us with police or the military,” says Martins.

  • Call Pietersen with information on 083-633-5879 or on 084-336-3974. In the financial year 2012-’13 (July to June) there were 144 incidents reported, costing tax payers R4 million.

In 2013-’14, 157 incidents were reported, costing R5 million.

In 2014-’15, 223 incidents were reported, costing R7 million.

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