4 July 2017
The Kriel Magistrate Court sent Koos Mahlangu to a three year prison sentence for cable theft.
Mahlangu was arrested by the Kriel SAPS on October 29, 2016. He and his two accomplices were found in possession of approximately 50 meters of copper cable outside Eskom’s Matla Power Station in Mpumalanga.
“The sentence sends a message to would be criminals and those already involved in cable theft that the law views this crime in a very serious light, and that the penalty for those who are caught can be severe,” said Tebogo Rakau, Divisional Executive, Security at Eskom.
“It might seem like the only victims of cable theft are organisations like Eskom and municipalities who have to bear the cost of replacing stolen cable and damaged infrastructure. But the effects suffered by society can be even worse, including prolonged power outages which impact businesses, and ultimately lead to loss of productivity and job cuts. Unplanned power outages resulting from cable theft also affect healthcare services at clinics and endanger the lives of people who are on life support equipment at home.”
“We urge all South Africans to play a role in the fight against these serious crimes by sending their anonymous SMS tip-offs to Crime Line on 32211,” concluded Rakau.
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