Crime & Accidents News
23 May 2022

Rustenburg – In response to a media query last week, Mark Munroe, CE of Impala Rustenburg said:

“Cable theft currently results in daily interruptions to our work schedule and seriously affects operations at Impala Rustenburg.

If not curbed, this illegal activity will impact the sustainability of the mine and investment into our business.”

Dawid Erasmus who is part of the Rustenburg Crime Combatting Forum (RCCF) and National Crime Assist (NCA) recalls being called out to cable and copper theft every week. “It never ends. When we contain the situation in one area, another area becomes the target,” he said in an interview with Platinum Weekly. 

“We have informants who contacts us and the police when they spot cable theft. The suspects first dig holes to get access to the cables and then later return to strip them. We often interrupt them, but they always return,” Erasmus said.

Cable theft is extremely inconvenient and often leave residents without electricity for days on end. The members of the public are encouraged to report any suspicious activities to the Eskom Crime Line number: 0800 11 27 22 or to call the Crime Stop Hotline on 086 00 10111 or your nearest police station.

All scrap metal dealers, foundries and smelters should also refrain from buying stolen cables. 
Copper or cable theft is a very dangerous crime – it also creates huge financial losses, especially in the maintenance of infrastructure, accumulative costs of safety and security services, policing, court representation and sentencing.


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