Brazen cable theft is hurting South Africa

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Brazen cable theft is hurting South Africa

The theft of copper cables remains a widespread problem in South Africa, resulting in service outages for ADSL customers as well as power outages for many citizens.

Thieves have also become increasingly brazen, stealing from substations and telecommunications infrastructure during broad daylight.
 

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Saw 4 guys get apprehended near Plumstead (Cape Town) station on Thursday at about 3.00pm. The gap in the fence is close to a minor road under the Victoria Road bridge that sees at least 5 cars a minute pass by to Checkers and a towyard

A tow-truck driver saw them pulling freshly cut cables through the fence and called the police

Since they had not arrived within 20 mins (SAPS Diep River is 1km away) he and three others held up the robbers at gun-point until the SAPS arrived 15 mins later

Instead of thanking the tow-truck drivers, the constable in charge wanted to arrest the 4 guys for pointing a firearm in public

When I drove by, there were 10 to 12 cops there but no-one from Metrorail. The signal on the line going south was not showing any colour
 

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Saw 4 guys get apprehended near Plumstead (Cape Town) station on Thursday at about 3.00pm. The gap in the fence is close to a minor road that sees at least 5 cars a minute pass by to Checkers and a towyard

A tow-truck driver saw them pulling freshly cut cables through the fence and called the police

Since they had not arrived within 20 mins (SAPS Diep River is 1km away) he and three others held up the robbers at gun-point until the SAPS arrived 15 mins later

Instead of thanking the two-truck drivers, the constable in charge wanted to arrest the 4 guys for pointing a firearm in public

When I drove by, there were 10 to 12 cops there but no-one from Metrorail. The signal on the line going south was not showing any colour
The local saps was probably in on it, hence their attitude
 

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Citizens arrest does not exist in SA --- All that happens is you get into trouble.
 

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How many of the mafi..... erm scrap yards have been raided and the owners charged and arrested for having CLEAR markings on the cables, manhole covers, batteries, etc. Also, a railway line section can only come from one place.

But, them piggies won't go for the head of the snakes, coz who else is going to give them all that free KFC?

Simple and tough solutions won't work in our socialist / nanny state.
 

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Saw 4 guys get apprehended near Plumstead (Cape Town) station on Thursday at about 3.00pm. The gap in the fence is close to a minor road under the Victoria Road bridge that sees at least 5 cars a minute pass by to Checkers and a towyard

A tow-truck driver saw them pulling freshly cut cables through the fence and called the police

Since they had not arrived within 20 mins (SAPS Diep River is 1km away) he and three others held up the robbers at gun-point until the SAPS arrived 15 mins later

Instead of thanking the tow-truck drivers, the constable in charge wanted to arrest the 4 guys for pointing a firearm in public

When I drove by, there were 10 to 12 cops there but no-one from Metrorail. The signal on the line going south was not showing any colour
Saw the same thing going to the airport a few weeks ago,
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3 guys brazenly stealing at the pin, entire red stretch was out (including the intersection), cops driving by, not caring.
 

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More cable theft - from a few years ago - still going on
 

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chrisc

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6 years ago I drove my work panel van into a manhole that had been covered with a sheet of cardboard. This was in Belhar in 2013.

The wheel and suspension was damaged to the tune of R32000. At that time, the excess was R10000

Council declined liability on the grounds that I could have easily avoided it and said there was no evidence that one of their employees had concealed the hole
 

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“It was shocking to see this happening in broad daylight,” a witness told the South Coast Herald.
How in hell can this be more shocking because it happens in broad daylight. Theft of infrastructure is shocking, full stop!
 

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Saw 4 guys get apprehended near Plumstead (Cape Town) station on Thursday at about 3.00pm. The gap in the fence is close to a minor road under the Victoria Road bridge that sees at least 5 cars a minute pass by to Checkers and a towyard

A tow-truck driver saw them pulling freshly cut cables through the fence and called the police

Since they had not arrived within 20 mins (SAPS Diep River is 1km away) he and three others held up the robbers at gun-point until the SAPS arrived 15 mins later

Instead of thanking the tow-truck drivers, the constable in charge wanted to arrest the 4 guys for pointing a firearm in public

When I drove by, there were 10 to 12 cops there but no-one from Metrorail. The signal on the line going south was not showing any colour
We had the opposite happen in Gauteng, a guy pulled a gun while drunk and cocked it pointing at a spar manager and security (that turned down his loud music for him) in busy carpark,
Cops did nothing, no case opened, firearm not confiscated. Said firearm pointing person is now a CPF member....go figure
 

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Brazen cable theft is hurting South Africa

The theft of copper cables remains a widespread problem in South Africa, resulting in service outages for ADSL customers as well as power outages for many citizens.

Thieves have also become increasingly brazen, stealing from substations and telecommunications infrastructure during broad daylight.
Honestly I think these mofos stealing cables should be shot right off the pole. It’s damn treason if you ask me.
 

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Honestly I think these mofos stealing cables should be shot right off the pole. It’s damn treason if you ask me.
There is no treason in South Africa, unless you say Apartheid wasn't a crime against humanity.
 
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