Prasa and SAPS tackle damage to rail transport infrastructure

South African Police Service

Prasa and SAPS tackle damage to rail transport infrastructure
Prasa and SAPS tackle damage to rail transport infrastructure

A 36 year old man arrested for possession of copper cables in Manenberg. An integrated operation between Prasa and SAPS has brought success as law enforcement clamped down on damage and theft of Prasa infrastructure which is costing millions to replace and repair.

Today, Monday 28 May 2018, at 08:00 an integrated operation was coordinated in order to clamp down on damage to rail transport infrastructure. The private security company designated to investigate and combat this copper theft with SAPS and other law enforcement agencies, received information regarding an address in Jade Crescent, Manenberg, from where copper cables are being disposed.

Law enforcement officers went to the address and found a 36 old man busy stripping and disposing of copper cables. Several copper wires had been stripped out of their insulation casing, but could still be identified as part of Prasa rail infrastructure.

The damage to the infrastructure from where these cables were stripped, is estimated at R200 000. The copper stripped from the infrastructure is sold for next to nothing to legal and illegal scrap yards.

The scrap dealers are criminalising themselves when they continue to buy copper without verifying the source from which the cables are obtained.

The 36 year old man was arrested and will appear in court on charges related to the possession of copper cables and the damage and theft of Prasa infrastructure.

Anyone with information regarding theft of copper cables and the damage or theft of Prasa infrastructure can contact Manenberg SAPS on 021 699 9400 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

South Africa Today – South Africa News

SOURCESouth African Police Service