The South African Police Services (SAPS) determination to curb the threat posed by ferrous and non-ferrous metals as well as essential infrastructure related crimes yielded great results when copper cables worth more than R850 000. 00 was recovered last night, 1 February 2021 at about 19:00.
Queenstown POP members received and followed up information on suspicious males who were seen near Bonkolo dam outside Queenstown with suspected stolen property. Members proceeded to the dam and recovered copper cables hidden under the bushes. The copper cables, valued at more than R850 000. 00 are suspected to be belonging to Eskom. The search for the suspects was negative.
The Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga thanked the community members who continue to provide the police with valuable information and commended the members for the quick response which led to the recovery of the copper cables. “The high incidents of theft and damage of ferrous and non-ferrous metals lead to a magnitude of economic and socio-economic strains and continue to threaten key industries which are critical to the attainment of the objectives outlined in the National Development Plan”, said Lt Gen Ntshinga.
Issued By: The Office Of The Provincial Commissioner: Eastern Cape