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Johannesburg - The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department said on Friday it had recovered copper cables believed to have been stolen from electricity company City Power’s Randburg station.

"Acting on information received from the Crime Intelligence Unit, JMPD was able to trace and recover the stolen copper cables worth about half a million rand in value hidden in a warehouse in Silverton, Pretoria," member of the mayoral committee for Public Safety, Michael Sun said.

Two suspects were arrested by JMPD officers and detained for further prosecution, and would face charges of possessing stolen goods.

Thousands of residents often go without electricity for days because of cable theft, and the city has to spend millions of rand to reconnect the lines.

African News Agency/ANA