The Cape Town High Court sentenced five cable thieves to a cumulative 1 250 years’ imprisonment on Friday 12 February.
According to Eskom they were sentenced for 50 counts of charges related to copper cable theft.
The stolen copper cables belonged to both Eskom and Telkom, and were stolen between 2016 and 2018 in the Namaqualand and Western Cape regions.
“The shortest jail term meted out to some of the thieves is a minimum sentence of 15 years,” Eskom said.
Two other accused who were charged in the same matter died during the trial, and were found guilty posthumously.
“We hope the hefty sentences meted out shall send a strong message to all potential thieves to refrain from targeting Eskom overhead and underground conductor cables,” the power utility added.
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) February 18, 2021