Western Cape teen gets 12 years for stealing 2km of copper cable

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A Western Cape teen has been sentenced to a hefty 12 years in prison for stealing almost 2km of copper cable in Robertson, police said on Sunday.

Spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said the 18-year-old had made off with 1 800m of copper cable belonging to Eskom last year.

It's removal had caused electricity interruptions in the area.

Rwexana said Rethabile Mxolisi was sentenced to 12 years in prison by the Robertson Magistrate's Court a week ago, in terms of the Criminal Amendment Act, for tampering with, damage to, and theft of essential infrastructure.



Acting Western Cape police commissioner Lieutenant General Sindile Mfazi said he considered the conviction and sentencing a deterrent to would-be cable thieves.

"Tampering, damage and theft of copper cable is a serious offence that impacts on essential services such as rail, telephone and electricity services. The economy of the country also suffers as a result of these offences," Mfazi was quoted as saying.

Source - https://www.news24.com/
 

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Firstly, he was obviously wrong, many people suffered due to him stealing the cables, however in a land where a rapist gets 6 years and out in 4 then you have to question just how the actual **** does a 18 year old get 12 years for theft ??
 

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The real question is how does one guy steal that much wire? Where are the helpers?
 

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i think its right coz when i did take train so the train was always late coz the ppl steal the cable
 

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We just spent another day without power last week thanks to cable theft. About 2am-9pm ish. First time it happened again this year I think. It sucked. Glad they caught and dealt with ONE, but that won't deter any other cable thieves. Sadly most are never caught or fried :(
 

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Firstly, he was obviously wrong, many people suffered due to him stealing the cables, however in a land where a rapist gets 6 years and out in 4 then you have to question just how the actual **** does a 18 year old get 12 years for theft ??
Perhaps they used a life sentence for rapists as a benchmark? In the same country where rapists gets sentenced to life 12 years for stolen cables is okay, right?
 

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Who cares what the sentence is? He will be out in 2 years because of the parole system.
 
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