Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga says the scourge of cable theft is headed for crisis proportions and could threaten the economy in Gauteng.
He says government needs to re-look the legislation that governs the trade of copper in order to curb cable theft cartels.
Businesses in Tshwane are threatening to close down over unreliable electricity supply, he explains.
Msimanga says he will work with the mayors of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni to tackle cable theft.
The mayor says combating cable theft requires a collective effort from the citizenry and all three spheres of government.
There is a cartel that is busy and if we don't cut it or bring it under control, we are headed for disaster.— Solly Msimanga, Tshwane mayor
South Africa doesn't mine copper, but we are the biggest exporter of copper - that tells you something.— Solly Msimanga, Tshwane mayor
We are pleading with our residents to be the eyes and the ears.— Solly Msimanga, Tshwane mayor
In the last six months it has cost us, just the three metros, a quarter of a billion rand.— Solly Msimanga, Tshwane mayor
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