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NC metal dealers summoned to appear in court

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The Hawk’s Serious Organised Crime Investigation team in Upington served four metal dealers in the Northern Cape with summons to appear in court after they were found in possession of Telkom copper cables worth R111,146.70.

THE HAWKS’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team in Upington served four metal dealers in the Northern Cape with summons to appear in court after they were found in possession of Telkom copper cables worth R111,146.70.

Hawks provincial spokesperson Captain Tebogo Thebe said four suspects between the ages of 35 and 65 years old were charged for contravening the Second Hand Goods Act on June 28.

“Two companies were identified in Upington while the others are in Kuruman and Kimberley,” said Thebe.

“A project-driven investigation was launched in September 2019, with a specific focus on illegal buying and distribution of non-ferrous metals. Non-ferrous metal theft has been declared a national priority offence in South Africa, as it results in loss of substantial amounts of money by the government, state entities and the private sector. Theft of non-ferrous metals also cripples services due to damage caused to essential infrastructure in the country.”

Thebe added that the suspects are expected to appear in their respective magistrate’s courts on July 19.

“The investigation continues,” Thebe stated.

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