Six nabbed for stealing 1693kg of ZESA copper cables

By Innocent Nxumalo

The escalation of the national anti-copper cable theft operation is paying-off after the recent arrest of five Zimbabweans and a South African national found in possession of more than one and a half tonnes of stolen cables.

The six were nabbed at Beitbridge Border Post.

Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) General Manager Stakeholder Relations, Dr George Manyaya said the power utility will continue to count on other security services to combat vandalism of critical power infrastructure.

“The national power utility continues to suffer heavy losses from cable theft and property vandalism. Our loss control services are doing joint operations with the security forces and we have managed to apprehend 6 suspects. We will continue to declare war on vandalism,” Dr Manyaya said.

Zimbabwe Republic Police Matabeleland South Provincial Spokesperson, Inspector Loveness Mangena said police will issue a statement soon after concluding investigations.

ZESA Loss Control pegged the value of the stolen cables at more than US$33 000.