News: Duo slammed with hefty sentences for copper cable theft

WESTERN CAPE � Warda Ndira (27), and Malwandi Ncokomvi (34), appeared at the Somerset West Regional Court on the 1st of April 2019 for charges of theft of six (6) rolls of Eskom copper cables valued at R30 000.

The Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation unit carried out the investigation after the pair were on 8 December 2017, apprehended by Eskom officials whilst in possession of stolen copper cables. The copper cables were later confirmed as stolen from the Firgrove Farm near Somerset-West.

The court has found both convicts guilty of damaging the essential Infrastructure as well as the theft of non-ferrous metals. They have been sentenced to twenty (20) years imprisonment, half of the sentence was suspended for the period of five (5) years.

Ndira and Ncokomvi were additional sentenced to fifteen (15) years imprisonment, wholly suspended for five (5) years on condition that they are not convicted of similar offences in the future.

Source: South African Police Service