Hawks recover R50 Million worth of copper in Pretoria

The members attached to the Hawks’ Tactical Operations Management Section (TOMS) have on 3 November, operationalised information received about a syndicate allegedly involved in various criminal activities including dealing and selling copper in Pretoria.

The team pounced on the given address in Attie Street, Booysens, Pretoria where they found the owner of the property who indicated he allegedly bought copper at an auction in Bloemfontein.

The suspect produced a Second-hand Goods dealer permit claiming he is authorised to deal in copper. The suspect was informed that he need to be in possession of a certificate allowing him to possess copper as per Criminal Matters Amendment Act 18 of 2015.

The 27-year-old suspect was arrested and copper valued at over R50 million was confiscated. The suspect is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court on 6 November 2023.

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