‘Copperheads’ clamp down on copper theft
By Celeste Ganga
05 March 2008
On Tuesday the City of Cape Town’s Non-ferrous Metal Theft Task Team reportedly swooped on the Gemini Scrap Yard in Blackheath and confiscated 25kg of stolen copper cable and lead sheathing from the premises.
“We had thefts in the area around the Blue Downs court which prompted routine checks at the scrap yards. We then found the owner to have no trading licence and he wasn't keeping a bookkeeping system.We further found copper cable on his premises that belongs to the City,” explains head of the task team, Pieter van Dalen.
He adds that the owner of the shop was then arrested and while they were at the premises two workers of a contractor working for the City, were also trying to sell copper cable to Gemini Scrap Yard, cables that belonged to the City. They to also arrested.
“The City has given the scrap yard industry 12 months to clean up their act, and if they have not done so then we will start more stringent visits to the scrap yards and they will feel the full arm of the law,” says van Dalen.
The City urges the public to report any suspicious activity to the City’s Toll Free Cable Theft Hotline on 0800 222 771