9 caught in Boksburg cable bust
Johannesburg -Nine people were arrested at a factory in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, where stolen cables with an estimated street value of R1.5m were found on Wednesday, Gauteng police said.
Following a tip-off the Hawks raided the premises on Malcolm Moodie Street in Jet Park around 16:00, police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou said.
Officials from City Power, Eskom and Transnet, who accompanied police, identified the copper and aluminium cables as belonging to them and estimated their replacement value at R4m.
Ndou said the cables were granulated on the premises and then sold for scrap.
It was not known for how long the group had been operating.
The nine, aged between 21 and 43, were expected to appear in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court on Friday.