CABLE THEFT SUSPECTS IN HOSPITAL
By Henry Booysen
08 November 2007
Two cable theft suspects ages 20 and 54 respectively has been admitted to hospital with serious burns to their bodies. This follows their attempt to steal underground copper cable in Kensington.
According to the City of Cape Town the damage that was done to the underground electricity cables are in excess of R500 000.
The suspects apparently dug a trench of about two metres deep, used a chisel to hack open the volt and this had led to an explosion causing severe injuries.
“The suspects have been charged criminally and are subject to arrest, there is a follow on investigation and further arrests are expected, “says Project Head of the Copperheads non-ferrous metal theft task team Deon Nefdt.
The City of Cape Town has thanked the public for their support and should continue reporting any suspicious activity to the 24 hour cable theft hot line on 0800 222 771.