City Power cracks down on metal scrapyards

​City Power is set to intensify scrap metal raids to combat the persistent issue of copper cable theft and vandalism. This decision follows the recent arrest of two suspects in Alexandra, North of Johannesburg.

The arrest of the alleged scrap metal managers, aged 34 and 40, took place during a successful raid. Law enforcement agencies discovered 34kg of shiny copper cables in the suspects’ scrap metal yard, leading to their apprehension and subsequent charges of possession of suspected stolen property at Bramley Police Station. 

The joint multidisciplinary operation, conducted by the City Power Security Risk Management Team and the South African Police Service (SAPS), aims to tackle the prevalent problem of cable theft. Copper cables, highly sought after in illicit markets and scrap metal yards, are valuable commodities frequently targeted by criminals due to their ease of theft and high resale value. 

City Power says these raids form part of its security strategy to combat crimes targeting the City’s electricity grid. “By focusing on intelligence gathering, prevention, and successful apprehension and prosecution of suspects, City Power aims to reduce essential infrastructure crimes and mitigate revenue losses, “ says the entity. 

Cable theft and vandalism pose significant challenges to the City’s efforts in providing uninterrupted power supply to residents. In the past week alone, City Power has reported 14 incidents of copper cable theft and vandalism across Johannesburg. During the 2022/23 financial year, over 2000 similar incidents were recorded, resulting in approximately 278 arrests. 

Residents are urged to remain vigilant, report any instances of cable theft, vandalism, or suspicious activities related to electrical infrastructure by calling 0800 116 166, sending a WhatsApp message to 083 579 4497, or contacting the South African Police Services (SAPS) at 10111.                 

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