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Johannesburg - Two men accused of copper cable theft were arrested in Odendaalsrus on Thursday, Free State police said.

They were allegedly caught in possession of bags full of copper cables by patrolling officers, said Captain Stephen Thakeng.

They could not explain why they were in possession of the items.

The men, aged 26 and 27, would appear in the Odendaalsrus Magistrate's Court on Friday.