SABC News - Cape Town seeks to toughen copper theft laws:Sunday 10 August 2014

Cape Town seeks to toughen copper theft laws

Sunday 10 August 2014 14:32

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The City's Mayoral Committee says more than 1000 metres of copper cable have been recovered and arrested 107 offenders in the past financial year.

The City's Mayoral Committee says more than 1000 metres of copper cable have been recovered and arrested 107 offenders in the past financial year.(SABC)

The City of Cape Town is seeking ways to clamp down on copper theft offenders. The City's Mayoral Committee member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, says the current penalties for copper theft are inadequate.

Smith says repeat offenders are hampering their efforts to curb copper theft. He says their metal theft unit has recovered more than 1000m of copper cable and arrested 107 offenders in the past financial year.  

“We are asking the province now to write provincial legislation that will allow us to have more effective penalties to regulate the sale more effectively, and to allow the city's law enforcement and metro police staff to enforce the legislation. So that we can clampdown as the city more effectively within our municipal boundaries. We want stiffer penalties for the offenders so that we don't see the same faces recycled over and over.”    

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