East London — Four men have been arrested by the Hawks after they were found in possession of copper cables to the value of R25 000.
Vuyani Mdlankomo, 40, Mziwonke Hobongwana, 27, Thandiswa Mantiba, 37, and Thandokazi Mjijwa, 31, were arrested in a disruptive operation by the team at Scenery Park area in East London.
According to IOL, the Hawks received information about a blue Toyota travelling towards East London. The information received allegedly indicated that there were stolen copper cables inside the vehicle.
“The reports further revealed that the team followed up on that information when the vehicle was spotted near a scrap yard in East London,” said Hawks spokesperson, Warrant Officer Ndiphiwe Mhlakuvana.
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After the vehicle was stopped, it was searched and five bags full of copper cables weighing 182kg, were found and the vehicle was confiscated.
“The total estimated value of the stolen copper is over R25 000. All four suspects were arrested on the spot,” Mhlakuvana said.
Mhlakuvana also confirmed that the suspects made their first appearance in East London Magistrate’s Court on September 28.
Compiled by Matthew Petersen