Two caught with cables

TWO paramedics caught carrying R57000 worth of copper cable in an ambulance were arrested on Thursday in Secunda, Mpumalanga police said.

TWO paramedics caught carrying R57000 worth of copper cable in an ambulance were arrested on Thursday in Secunda, Mpumalanga police said.

"The two department of health officials in their 40s, stationed at the Leandra Hospital, took the ambulance to Sywerfontein mine, where they met other izinyoka (copper cable thieves)," Captain Leonard Hlathi said.

The group allegedly stashed the copper cable in the emergency vehicle and drove off with lights flashing as if they were taking a patient to hospital.

Hlathi said the police, acting on a tip-off, stopped the ambulance about 1km from the scene and found it full of copper cable.

"There was no space left to even accommodate a toddler," Hlathi said. "Some of the cables were even stashed under the beds. Clinical utensils that are used to treat patients were in contact with the copper cables." - Sapa

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