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 - A 20-year-old man was arrested in Soweto on Sunday for illegal possession of copper, Gauteng police said.

Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said the man and two others were found in Zondi in possession of professionally cut copper cables.

“We arrested the one man and the other two fled,” Makhubela said.

He said the copper was likely cut from power cables in Soweto.

The man was expected to appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Monday.