Copper theft: Maputo man in Hilton dock

2012-08-07 00:00

A 36-YEAR-old Soweto man appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday on a charge of theft of copper cables valued at R80 000.

Isaac Ndlovu was arrested in Hilton on August 3, allegedly in possession of three rolls of copper cables belonging to Eskom. The cables were allegedly cut down the previous day and stowed in the bush.

Two men allegedly arrived at the scene early on Friday morning and loaded the cable into a vehicle that was later impounded by the police.

Ndlovu was allegedly arrested at the scene.

A second suspect escaped.

Ndlovu has not been asked to plead to the charge facing him.

When he appeared before magistrate Reard Abrahams yesterday, it emerged that he is originally from Maputo and that his home language is Shangaan.

The case was postponed to August 13 for a Shangaan interpreter to be appointed.

• A copper cable theft conference in April 2012 in Johannesburg estimated that the theft of copper is costing South Africa R5 billion per year, impacting telecommunications, mining and the rail services.

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