A ZIMBABWEAN was arrested at Aquarius Mine in a disused shaft in South Africa last week after allegedly stealing copper cables weighing 5 380kgs, with an estimated value of R109 000.
Preliminary police investigations revealed that eight suspects are foreign nationals from Mozambique and Zimbabwe, while the other two suspects are South African.
South African North West police spokesman Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone confirmed to Southern Eye yesterday that there was only one Zimbabwean arrested at Aquarius Mine shaft for possession of stolen copper cables.
“The suspects were arrested at a disused Aquarius Mine shaft after information was received that there were illegal activities taking place at the shaft,” he said.
The Zimbabwean, who was arrested, has been identified as 30 year old Thabiso Moyo. Torches, pots, hacksaws and tinned food were also found during the raid.
Some of the suspects arrested were found in possession of marijuana.
The South African North West provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Zukiswa Mbombo praised the police and security officials for their co-operation and hard work which resulted in the arrest and recovery of the copper cables after the arrest.
“It is only through cooperation and active participation of all stakeholders that we will be able to achieve more than this,” he said in a press release.