Cable thieves try to bribe cops with R30 000

2014-10-19 21:12

Johannesburg - Five people have been arrested in connection with cable theft in Robertville, Florida, Gauteng police said on Sunday.

"The suspects were allegedly caught with stolen copper cables weighing about 505kg," Warrant Officer Daniel Mavimbela said in a statement.

The men aged between 37 and 53 were caught on Friday at a scrapyard. They allegedly tried to bribe police officers who were arresting them.

"The law enforcement officers on the scene are said to have rejected a R30 000 cash bribe, allegedly offered by one of the suspects believed to be the owner of the scrapyard," said Mavimbela.

He said police believed the cables belonged to Eskom and City Power.

"The suspects will be charged with possession of stolen property. The owner will face an additional charge of bribery."

The suspects are expected to appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court soon.

  • Sharon-E - 2014-10-19 21:19

    Standing ovation for the cops. The striking thing about this is that their honesty actually made the news! As they say, it is the exception that proves the rule....

  • Mike Woolnough - 2014-10-19 21:21

    This is the 3rd time News 24 have run this story. Boring already!

  • Kenneth Maimane - 2014-10-19 21:32

    Bad day at the office

  • Luckie Malatji - 2014-10-19 21:46

    yeah! agree with u mike. i thought is another succes by Saps. anyway well done Saps

  • Luckie Malatji - 2014-10-19 21:46

    yeah! agree with u mike. i thought is another succes by Saps. anyway well done Saps

      Willie Leicesteri - 2014-10-20 09:59

      And this is the second time Luckie posts the same comment to a story...

  • Bulelani Ranuga - 2014-10-19 22:28

    R30 000 was too "ncinci" thats why the officers did not take it...

  • debduplessis - 2014-10-19 22:36

    Good for you SAPS!!! Well done!!! nice to know our police force can be honest

      sesom - 2014-10-20 07:41

      The Police where NOT offered enough money,,

  • JMaree - 2014-10-20 00:07

    Well done awesome cops!

  • Sepeke Frank - 2014-10-20 04:01

    good job officer

  • Prince EA - 2014-10-20 05:00

    "The suspects" News24 don't this suspects have names or nationality? Or is it because they are not foreigners? Chei!

  • sesom - 2014-10-20 07:39

    They didnt offer the cops ENOUGH...

  • Neo Mphaki - 2014-10-20 08:16

    Well done to the police, I think such cases should be awarded incentives. R30 k is a lot of money given that most accept as little as R20. There is no need to always search for negativity in everything.

  • NoneOfYourBusiness - 2014-10-20 09:23

    Well done! Lock em away!!

  • Nathi Dlomo - 2014-10-20 10:25


  • Jenny Anderson - 2014-10-20 10:41

    Well done SAPS

  • Winifred Watson - 2014-10-20 11:37

    Its more than high time these cable thieves be arrested jailed. In some circumstances is should be classed as an act of treason. When is this ever going to stop. Its high time the Government also came down hard on these Scrap dealers making it impossible for these people walking in and walking out with cash in their pockets and no trace where they received the goods. Scrap dealers know what they are buying in most cases is stolen property. Those selling scrap should have to have to goods weighed and then take the goods to the police station and obtain some form of paperwork giving them permission to sell the stuff. If a scrap dealer is found not to be able to produce the paperwork when his premises are inspected, he gets jailed.

  • Takalani Solomoni Dzhombere - 2015-05-18 19:10

    Well done members but de sad part on this matter is thy will be released on bail and given a fine....... Dats SA justice..... Or thy myt say.. No enough evidence....... But hy comrade lets protect and maintain peace by getting rid of such illegal act

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