AMANDELBULT – Seventeen people have been arrested for stealing electrical cables at an underground mining shaft at Amandelbult’s Dishaba mine, police said on Monday, 23 September 2013.
The SAPS in Thabazimbi got information that a syndicate of more than 26 suspects digged open a hole and entered the old mining shafts of Amandelbult Mine on Thursday 12 September and the last group entered on Sunday 15 September during the night.
Since that time, operations were conducted around the area where it was suspected that they will exit after stealing copper cables underground in those closed shafts.
On Thursday 19 September at about 20:00 the suspects dug a different hole somewhere around the closed shaft where they started taking out the copper from the mine and hiding it in the bushes around Jabulani Informal Settlement next to the mine.
SAPS Thabazimbi Station Commander, Lt Col GP Moseki said that an operation was conducted together with Amandelbult mine Security, Thabazimbi SAPS and Provincial Technical Response Team Unit and up to now, 17 Izinyokas (electricity thieves) were arrested, two LDV vehicles and rolls of copper to the street value of about R 300 000 were recovered.
The other syndicate members escaped. Some were thought to still be underground.
The arrested suspects appeared in Thabazimbi Magistrate’s Court on Monday 23 September. The case was postponed until 3 October 2013 for bail application.
W/O Chauke Kedibone with the copper cable. W/O Kedibone is responsible for the safe keeping of the stolen items stores.