Man busted with stolen copper wire worth over R18 million in King Williams Town

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - APRIL 20, 2017
Man busted with stolen copper wire worth over R18 million in King Williams Town

King Williams Town police on Wednesday evening, arrested a 36 year-old man for business robbery and the illegal possession of copper wire valued at R18.5 million in King Williams Town.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Nkosikho Mzuku, police were on patrol when they spotted and arrested the suspect.

“The suspect and his accomplices allegedly robbed the King William's Town Eskom depot at gun point at about 23:00,” said Captain Mzuku.

He added that four other suspects fled the scene and are still at large.

“More arrests are imminent, and no injuries were reported during the said incident,” said Captain Mzuku.

The suspect is due to appear before the King William’s Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday, facing charges of business robbery and the illegal possession of copper wire.

Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Liziwe Ntshinga, commended the members for the arrest and their quick response.

“Our enhanced police visibility assisted us in arrest of the perpetrators. Commanders must ensure that we keep members on duty and on patrol in areas where crime is happening. Let us continue to eliminate any space for such incidents,” added Lt Gen Ntshinga.