Three behind bars before they could rob Emalahleni Local Municipality Municipal Cable

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The Emalahleni Local Municipality is constantly attacked by thieves.

Fortunately a quick response from CSC Virtual Monitoring prevented thieves from stealing cables from the De Waal Street substation.

Good teamwork between response officers and local Model Park Neighborhood Watch saw the suspects safely behind bars.

Musa Mabasa (28), Alex Khoza (31) and Mandla Nkosi (33) were arrested for possession of suspected stolen property and burglary instruments. They appeared in court on July 8. The case was postponed to July 15 for further investigation, meanwhile the suspects have been remanded in custody.

Further charges may be added against them as the investigation continues.

This successful arrest comes after a resident pressed his panic alarm when he noticed movement around the substation.

When the response team of CSC Virtual Monitoring and the neighborhood guard arrived on the scene, the suspects fled.

Teams began patrolling the area and at around 01:30 they noticed a suspicious-looking gray BMW driving along Mandela Road.

The team asked the vehicle to stop, but the driver ignored them and drove away instead, but the car was eventually cornered in a shopping mall in Ben Fleur.

“In the meantime, members of Witbank SAPS were briefed on the developments and upon their arrival a search was conducted of the three occupants as well as the vehicle. During the search, police found several items including burglary tools, suspected stolen property and a toy gun inside the vehicle,” said provincial police spokesman Col. Donald Mdhluli.

The Provincial Commissioner of SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, said: “It is encouraging to see such enthusiastic people contributing positively to the fight against crime. What fascinates most is that they showed how things should be done. They apprehended the suspects and then immediately alerted the police so that the essential part of executing an arrest and collecting evidence or seizing found property is done procedurally without flouting norms and standards. required by the court, thus unintentionally scoring an own goal. Therefore, their efforts and outstanding works are well recognized and commended. We hope that this good practice will be followed by other groups in different regions.

Ms. Lerato Maserumule, Director of CSC Virtual Monitoringsaid while queuing with police and neighborhood watch that the criminals were behind bars before much damage could be done.

“The importance of working together was again emphasized during this arrest. By sharing resources, we have created a formidable force that these three criminals could not count on. I want to thank the police and neighborhood watch for their efforts,” Maserumule said.

The municipality appeals to citizens to help report the theft and vandalism of its infrastructure, which at the current rate has the potential to collapse the municipality’s ability to provide its community with necessary basic services.

“The Municipality urges communities to urgently report any acts of theft and vandalism and all related information will be treated with the strictest confidentiality,” said the municipal spokesman Mr. Lebo Mofokeng.

WITBANK NEWS previously reported that cable theft has gotten out of control in the municipality.

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