Cape Town-140416. The City of Cape Town's Metal Theft Unit carried out a few raids or operations in various parts of the peninsula today. These youths were apprehended near the N2 for melting the plastic from the copper wire and were asked to put out the fire. The leader was then fined for causing air pollution.This wire was not confiscated. reporter: Chelsea Geach. Photo: jason boud

Johannesburg - Ten people have been arrested for allegedly stealing copper cables, North West police said on Friday.

“Police in Marikana and Aquarius mine security officials apprehended 10 suspects for theft and possession of suspected stolen copper cables on Wednesday,” spokesman Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said in a statement.

“The suspects were arrested at a disused Aquarius mine shaft after information was received that there were illegal activities taking place at the shaft.”

Mokgwabone said eight of the men were foreign nationals from Mozambique and Zimbabwe, while the other two were South Africans.

Police recovered pots, torches and hacksaws, as well as tinned food, during the arrests.

“According to the information, some of the suspects were also found in possession of dagga,” he said.

The recovered cables weighed 5380 kilograms, with an estimated value of R109 000.

The group was expected to appear in the Marikana Periodical Court on Monday to face charges of theft, possession of suspected stolen goods and possession of dagga. - Sapa