Following on from the arrest of five suspected copper thieves in Akasia and Hercules last week, an additional four suspects aged between 32 and 37 have been apprehended for the same crime.
The initial five suspects have already appeared in court and the newly arrested are expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.
The latter are will appear for theft of copper worth approximately R1,9 million.
Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu stated that an intelligence-driven operation conducted by Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation in Pretoria resulted in the arrests of the four men at Transnet Infrastructure Freight Rail Koedoespoort Depot in Pretoria.
According to a Transnet statement released this morning, 354 227 meters of overhead cables were lost between April 2019 and January 2020. This resulted in 21 trains being cancelled per day.
“In 2020 alone, TFR reported 5 138 incidents ranging from cable theft, vandalism of rail equipment, and deliberate cutting of cables,” continued the statement.
Provincial Head, Major General Ebrahim Kadwa commended and praised the team for the speedy response in tracking and arresting the suspects.
“We are going to clamp down on those contributing to the high-end of the non-ferrous metals and essential infrastructure illicit value chain in our country”, said Kadwa.
Transnet explains that more arrests are expected as investigations continue across the country.