Men arrested for East Rand cable theft

2011-12-06 17:38
Johannesburg - Police arrested 11 Zimbabwean men on Tuesday for allegedly stealing cables at a cemetery in Tembisa on the East Rand, Ekurhuleni metro police said.

Patrolling police officers saw the men leaving the Mooifontein cemetery around 01:00 and gave chase, spokesperson Mveli Nhlapo said.

They cornered them about 500m away and searched them.

"Cables worth about R20 000 and equipment used to cut cables were found in their possession," Nhlapo said.

"Some of the cables were apparently cut off from an aerial of a cellphone network operator near the cemetery."

The men, aged between 18 and 36, were illegal immigrants.

They were expected to soon face charges of possession of suspected stolen goods, theft and illegal immigration in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court.

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