Cable theft continues in Copesville

2015-05-07 06:00
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Amethyst Crescent continues to be the hot spot for cable theft. This is what cable thieves left in the early hours of Monday morning.

PHOTO: nompendulo ngubane Amethyst Crescent continues to be the hot spot for cable theft. This is what cable thieves left in the early hours of Monday morning.

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AMETHYST Crescent in Copesville has become a hot spot for cable theft because in a period of two weeks another cable was dug up and stripped leaving seven houses, including a mosque, without power.

Two weeks ago Echo visited the area where cable had been dug up and stripped in the early hours of the morning.

On the same spot, on the same street, a cable was dug up at around 2am on Monday said resident Naresh Bhugayathwe.

“The same thing as the last time happened. About six guys were digging the hole and we knew they were stealing the cable. We were watching from inside our house and there was nothing we could do. As neighbours we phoned each other asking if others are aware of what was happening outside.

“Some neighbours called the police­, but we knew it was a futile attempt as they [SAPS] are never responsible and are lazy. Not once have they attended to cable theft when we phone them.”

Amethyst Crescent is not the only road affected by cable theft he said.

“Going to the police station or calling them is a waste of time.

“If you find the station gate unlocked, you will discover the officer on duty either sleeping or watching TV. They are aware that cable theft is high in the area.

“All we ask for is for them to be visible. That would scare the thieves and theft wouldn’t be so appalling.” he said.

When ward councillor Thandi Ndlovu was called about the issue she said: “Check with the Msunduzi Municipality to see if they have reported the matter to them, not me.”

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