Copper theft escalates in township

2016-12-08 06:01

MANY Gamalakhe homes are left with gushing water as a result in the rise in copper theft there.

Thieves enter properties at night or and during the day when no one is home.

Two week ago a Fever reporter saw some community members questioning two suspects about stolen copper pipes, but they denied the allegations.

Police spokesperson Captain Gerald Mfeka was contacted to see if any cases had been reported.

“No cases have been reported so far, however, the community is advised to report such cases to the police.”

According to previous reports the thieves are stealing pipes and selling them to scrap-metal dealers. In many cases the culprits are drug addicts looking for money to buy drugs.

Ugu District spokesperson France Zama said copper theft

should be treated as a normal theft case and should be reported to the police.

“Customers who experience such should ensure that they close off valves on the meters to prevent water from gushing out.

“In the case where a customer is unable to close off the valve themselves, they are asked to contact Ugu call centre for immediate assistance,” said Zama

Zama said it should be also be noted that theft of copper pipes also cripples the water supply system causing an interruption in supply.

“The municipality condemns such actions and culprits of such actions must be brought before the law,” he said.

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