Copper theft is a relatively easy but highly dangerous crime perpetrated in South Africa by many unemployed citizens. These criminals are willing to take the immense risk for the money that they are paid. In our society, where the disparity between rich an d poor becomes more and more palpable every day, it is obvious how crime begets crime. The financial hits disclosed by Eskom and Transnet alone represent a significant economic blow to South Africa, where frequent rolling power cuts have stifled growth and dampened investor confidence. Unfortunately, the SAPS do not have the manpower nor the expertise to address this type of crime, considering the overwhelming caseloads, they are expected to resolve.
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