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Municipal employee arrested for cable theft

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An employee of Kai !Garib Municipality in Kakamas was arrested after he was found in possession of suspected stolen electrical cables valued at R7,000.

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AN EMPLOYEE of Kai !Garib Municipality in Kakamas was arrested after he was found in possession of suspected stolen electrical cables valued at R7,000.

SAPS Kakamas spokesperson Captain CJ Prins said that Lieutenant-Colonel Nico Maree and Warrant Officer Johny Basson responded to a complaint about copper cables that were being burnt in the veld near Maraba, Langverwag in Kakamas on Saturday, April 2, at around 1pm.

“The members followed up the information and noticed black smoke in the veld. They followed the smoke and observed two persons standing at a fire busy burning electrical cables,” said Prins.

He added that one of the suspects fled when he saw the vehicle approaching while the police officers managed to arrest the other suspect.

“A 34-year-old man, who was employed at the local municipality, was subsequently arrested for the possession of presumably stolen electrical cables valued at R7,000.”

Prins stated that the suspect appeared in the Kakamas Magistrate’s Court on Monday, April 4.

The acting station commander of Kakamas, Lieutenant-Colonel Kgakatsi, applauded the SAPS members for their swift reaction and thanked the community for sharing information that led to the arrest.

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