Welkom police attended a tip-off call received from concerned community member about a scrap metal owner who was in possession of copper cable belonging to Matjhabeng municipality.
This notorious ‘King pin’ as he’s most affectionally referred in Matjhabeng, was arrested with copper cable that weighs 76,4 kg.
A 57-year-0ld owner was found in possession of cable that was confirmed to be belonging to the municipality with street value of R38 000.
Speaking to Kasi Voice News, police spokesperson Stephen Thakeng said, “On Thursday, at about 14:00 Crime Intelligence received information about copper cable at a scrap metal dealer.”
“The POP Reaction Team, Matjhabeng Security personnel and SAPS members within Matjhabeng reacted with swift response following the tip-off,” he said.
The District Commissioner of Lejweleputswa, Maj Gen Lerato Molale applauded a joint operation which led to this breakthrough.
The suspect was released with a stern warning, and he is set to appear before the Welkom Magistrate Court on Monday, 25 October 2021.
“Several cases of copper cable and the infrastructure damaged, so this gesture is regarded as a breakthrough,” said Captain Thakeng.
“To arrest a scrap metal dealer will send a clear cut message to others that they must not encourage criminality by buying suspected stolen copper cable,” he added.
The District Commissioner of Lejweleputswa, Maj Gen Lerato Molale further mentioned that he will ensure a water tight case is presented in the court of law so that a reasonable conviction is achieved to send a strong message about destroying the infrastructure.