Destruction of essential infrastructure, 34 arrested, NW

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Destruction of essential infrastructure, 34 arrested, NW
Destruction of essential infrastructure, 34 arrested, NW

In an effort to deal with incidents of crime relating to essential infrastructure which poses risks to public safety, electricity supply, communications and transportation, police in the province arrested 34 suspects between 1 and 30 June 2019.

The suspects were arrested at several places for crimes such as tampering and destruction of essential infrastructure, theft of copper cable and burglaries. Of the 34 suspects, 14 were arrested in the Rustenburg Cluster for tampering with and destroying of essential infrastructure.

In one of the incidents on Saturday 1 June 2019, at about 16:16, it is alleged that a security officer, busy with patrols saw two suspects in possession of mine property at a mine in Boitekong. They were then arrested and handed over to the Police.

In another unrelated incident in Phokeng on Friday 28 June 2019, at about 15:30 at another mine in Phokeng it is alleged that three suspects aged between 24 and 34 were seen, carrying bundles of copper cable. The trio were arrested and are facing charges in terms of Criminal Matters Amendment Act, 2015 (Act No. 18 of 2015).

As a result and considering the negative impact of these crimes in rendering of basic public services, daily operations and economic activities, members of the community are urged to come forth with any information that may lead to apprehension of those who perpetrate these acts by calling Crime Stop number: 08600 10111.

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