The Ladismith regional court has sentenced a gang of four cable thieves to seven years in prison for attempting to steal almost 400 kg of telecom cables.
Tankiso Sekutoano (30), Mohau Khene, 37, Motlatsi Motaane, 31, and Bakoena Elliot Maliehe, 31, all foreigners, stole 30 reels of telecom copper cable from Ladismith in June 2017, weighing 378.5 kg worth more than R68,500.
According to Hawks Western Cape spokesman Zinzi Hani, the group destroyed essential infrastructure by excavating and pulling it out with a truck.
Hani said they were arrested and charged immediately.
The bucket truck used in the commission of the crime has lapsed into the state and the fifth defendant, the owner of the truck, is on remand, “she said.
” He will be his. hear fate on November 16, while his co-defendants were each sentenced to seven years in prison. “