Two arrested for presumed stolen cables in Maitland

Western Cape police arrested two suspects on Tuesday for being in possession of suspected stolen copper cables.

The arrests comes after officers descended on three scrap metal companies on Tuesday morning in Maitland.

The police’s Brigadier Novela Potelwa says a 38-year-old manager of a scrap metal company was arrested.

“She was detained on a charge of contravention of section/s of the Second Goods Act by failing to keep scrap metal items bought for seven days.”

Furthermore, a 26-year-old man from a different metal company was arrested for being in possession of suspected stolen property as well as failure to separate metal bought as prescribed in the Second Goods Act.


“A written warning was also issued to a third scrap metal company for failure to mark metal items received, also stipulated in the Act. The operations are set to continue in concerted efforts to deal with cable theft and sale,” added Potelwa.

Part of the cables that was recovered, belonged to Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), and weighed 2.4 tons.


The integrated deployments that executed the operation comprised different units from SAPS, City of Cape Town’s metro police and law enforcement as well as PRASA officials.

Metrorail’s Acting Spokesperson in the Western Cape, Nana Zenani, says officers visited various areas starting with a house in Maitland which found a suspect busy burning cables inside the house.

“According to SAPS, the suspect was wanted on a spate of house break-ins.  The suspect was arrested and detained at the Maitland Police Station and was found in possession of tools and dangerous weapons and dagga with the  2  burnt cables taken in as evidence.  A case of house break-in has been opened against the suspect.” Maitland SAPS received the stolen cables and a case was opened against the suspect.


Three weeks ago,10 people were arrested in a similar operation in Maitland.


Done By: Mitchum George