Police pounce on scrap yards in Isipingo

Police officers who were part of the operation.

A successful joint operation was recently held in the eThekwini Outer South cluster to address illegal metals being received and sold by scrap metal businesses within the area.

The Reunion Railway Police, Rapid Rail, PRASA, Metro Special Project Unit, eThekwini Municipality, Mainline Cross Border Police, Umkomaas, Umlazi, Amanzimtoti, Umbumbulu and Isipingo SAPS Designated Second Hands Good officers were part of the operation.

An unannounced inspection was held at various scrap metal businesses within Isipingo and Umlazi. A joint operation of 60 policemen and women worked together with their partners, to conduct inspections of a few scrap metal businesses within Isipingo.

The purpose of the operation was to address issues of illegal metals being received by scrap metal businesses. Illegal metals such as railway lines, municipality lights, electrical wiring, transformers and various copper cabling were targeted by the SAPS.

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The purpose of the inspection is see whether the dealer complies with the provisions of the Seconds Goods Act. The theft of these metals can cause dangerous repercussions when stolen for scrap metal.

When railway lines and transformers are stolen or copper cables taken within the communities, it can cause train derailments, electrocutions and no electricity within the community.

The joint operation yielded many successes such as various copper cabling and illegal metals being found. A municipality street light unit was also found and illegal electricity disconnected.

An arrest for non-compliance by a scrap metal dealers, of the Seconds Goods Act was also made by SAPS.The SAPS and its partners are committed to ensure that regular inspections will continue at second hand and scrap dealers.

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The reason is to limit the theft of copper cabling and the stealing of illegal metals within the cluster. Unannounced visits and inspections will definitely be done on a regular basis.

A strong warning is sent out to all second hand and scrap metal businesses to comply with all prescriptions within the Second Hands Good Act when receiving goods.

Brig MVP Mgobhozi, who is the acting cluster commander of the eThekwini Outer South said, “ It is important that we work together for the good of the community. We will continue inspecting all scrap yards on a regular basis to ensure there is no copper cable theft and illegal metal theft.”

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