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Duo receive 10-year jail term for stealing ZETDC copper cables

Tsitsi Marange

Two Harare men were slapped with a ten year sentence after stealing Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) copper cables in Gokwe.

Acting Provincial Community Relations Liaison Officer Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende said that on June 13 this year, Givemore Ganyiwa (27) and Admire Tagumara (21) cut off ZETDC copper cable conductors connecting to the transformer. They untied the transformer and dropped it to the ground before stealing the copper wire windings, which were mounted inside the transformer box and three breakers.

It is said that the incident occurred in Gokwe at Njelele stands and the two appeared before Gokwe Magistrate on September 28 this year. The suspects were found guilty and sentenced to ten years imprisonment.

The police attended the scene but however, the suspects were not located. Sometime in September this year, the police received a tip off on the whereabouts of the suspects and they were arrested.

The police are appealing to members of the public who might have information about other culprits involved in vandalising state property and theft of copper cables to make use of suggestion boxes or make a report to any nearest police.

They are warning the would-be offenders that the law will not hesitate to catch up with them if they are involved in such type of criminal activities.

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