Arrest of 3 cable thieves applauded

2012-05-22 14:26

Pretoria - The arrest of three suspected cable thieves was welcomed by the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) and Metrorail on Tuesday.

"We call on law enforcement agencies to redouble their efforts in bringing the perpetrators of these crimes to book," RSR spokesman Sibongiseni Henna said in a statement.

Two people were arrested for allegedly being in possession of stolen copper cables and railway sleepers in Chloorkop, in Johannesburg on Monday.

A third man was arrested for possession of power cables. He was approaching a scrap dealership only to find Hawks detectives on the property.

Henna said cable theft placed the lives of innocent people at risk and undermined economic development.
"The social and economic implications of these incidents are massive as they result in line closure, expensive repair costs, delays for freight trains and passenger trains, train cancellations as well as huge consequential costs to the economy," he said.

Metrorail said heavy penalties should be handed down to those vandalising trains and stealing cables.

  • John - 2012-05-22 14:35

    good job, pity they never elctrocuted themselves, save our tax money for more pressing issues.

      Gee - 2012-05-22 14:56

      True...nothing beats the smell of a overcooked cable thief...!

  • matches - 2012-05-22 15:03

    Now for the metal thieves on the N2 (Cape Town - Khayelitsha). I noticed this morning that the metal cover plates fitted at the center street lights have all been stolen. These were replaced about 18 months ago and now they are being ripped of again. Anyway why are there pedestrians on the N2 freeway (Cape Town - Somerset West) anyway.

      Martin - 2012-05-22 15:09

      this story of pedestrians, or lazy pedestrians on freeways is ridiculous, this morning in heavy fog en route to vanderbijl one dead idiot in a hit and run... who ries to sprint a freeway in heavy fog 100m from a bridge. i dont blame the oke who ran. i blame the oke who tried to run, may he find a special school in heaven

  • Roger - 2012-05-22 15:19

    Off with 1 of thier hands... Will be tough stealing things with 1 hand and the criminals will be branded so EVERYONE can see who and what they are. BUT Well Done HAWKS

  • Sharon - 2012-05-22 15:28

    How pleasing is this for me, living in Birchleigh North, KemptonPark where our power goes almost every day for a minimum of 3 hours for the past 3 months! We are told due to power cable theft

  • Allen - 2012-05-22 16:26

    Cable theft should be classed as a treasonable offence, end of story. If this was Thailand, the death penalty would apply. Copper must be made a precious metal so that dealing in it (like gold and silver)is prohibited.

      Stirer - 2012-05-22 17:39

      I was going to post exactly the same comment. In addition to theft, the culprits should be charged with Treason. Cable theft physical and economic sabotage, in addition to it being possibly life threatening - particularly if it's taken fro the Railways.

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