VANDERBIJLPARK - The Vanderbijlpark SAPS says a Special Task Team has been established to deal with cable theft issues in the Vanderbijlpark/ Barrage area. Police spokesperson, Sergeant Gertrude Makhale, yesterday said in a statement a public meeting regarding this issue was held by Vanderbijlpark SAPS Station Commander, Barrage SAPS Station Commander together with the stakeholders from Emfuleni Municipality, AfriForum, Patrollers, GTCOC, ERPA, neighbourhood watches, different security companies and concerned residents around Vanderbijlpark and Barrage. Makhale said during the successful meeting, an operational plan was put in place to stop the arrogant behaviour from criminals stealing cables during the day and at night. A 24-hour response team, made up out of different units from the SAPS, ELM and security companies, will be tasked with addressing the issue of cable theft head-on. The Vanderbijlpark SAPS urged the community to have faith in the established team to do their work so they can put these perpetrators behind bars. Makhale urged anyone with information to assist with the arrest of this syndicate, that is operating underground and using our communities to commit crime of ferrous metal, to come forward and share information with the SAPS on the given numbers:
Vispol Commander Vanderbijlpark Col. Van Wyk 082 332 5036
2nd Hand dealers Vanderbijlpark Sgt. Viljoen 071 675 7250
2nd Hand dealers Barrage Sgt. Khaile 073 412 1856
SW Sector Manager Captain Mbhele 071 675 5591
Bophelong Sector Manager Captain Mohoboko 071 675 5595
Golden Triangle Chamber of Commerce: Klippies Kritzinger 084 653 0211.
PHOTOS: (ERPA - A recent cable theft; Vanderbijlpark SAPS)