Convicted copper thieves get 12 months in prison

2014-07-16 00:00

THE Msunduzi electricity task team’s efforts paid off yesterday when two people were convicted and sentenced for copper theft.

Thembelani Mqina and Mbuyiseni Mnyaphzi were sentenced 12 months’ imprisonment or a fine of R2 500 each in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court.

Msunduzi spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said the two were caught with copper cable by the task team in April this year. “We view this conviction as a positive step forward as well as a major breakthrough in our continuous efforts to clamp down on cable theft,” she said, adding that they hoped a strong message went out to prospective copper cable thieves that the municipality and government were serious about dealing with cable theft. — Witness Reporter.

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