Protection team make another arrest

2011-06-24 00:00

A LOCAL security company has delivered crime another hefty blow in the Ifafa district with the arrest of a suspected cable thief, caught when he started to cut a length of about 500 metres of overhead Telkom cable stolen earlier from a farm in the area.

It all started when local farmer and businessman in Ifafa, James Tucker, reported to Mthethwa at 7.30 am on Sunday that the Telkom cable had been cut on his farm.

Mthethwa promptly responded, and after a thorough search discovered the cable at 4.30 pm, hidden in the sugar cane.

Telkom investigator Raymond Ralonya estimated the value of the cable at about R50 000.

Mthethwa and his team hid among the cane to ambush the cable thieves. They lay in wait for four hours before Xolani Shinga (mid-20s) from Mehlomnyama arrived at the scene with a bolt cutter and container at 8.30 pm.

When Shinga started to cut the cable Mthethwa’s team collared him and contacted members from crime intelligence as well as Hibberdene police . The suspect appeared in Hibberdene court on Monday and the case was adjourned to June 22 for further investigation. Shinga was granted bail of R5 000, which he failed to pay and remains in custody.

Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid of SAPS Port Shepstone commented that “Mthethwa and his employees are doing an exemplary task by assisting the police in fighting crime in the Hibberdene area”.

She said Mthethwa’s team also helped to recover furniture hidden in bushes on the N2 near Hibberdene on April 8, after a housebreaking in the area. More recently, they successfully arrested four men after diesel was stolen from a farm in Hibberdene.

In March, Mthethwa’s team arrested the man accused of the attack on the Setaros on Ifafa/Elysium beach.

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