Cable theft a crime issue, not policy problem, says City of Joburg MMC

Government has gazetted a draft policy proposal to temporarily ban the export of scrap steel and copper. City of Johannesburg’s MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services, Michael Sun discussed this with eNCA's Masego Rahlaga. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Cable theft in the country is a crime issue, not a policy problem, says Johannesburg's MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services, Michael Sun.

This follows the recent draft policy proposal to temporarily ban the export of scrap steel and copper for six months.

READ: Large volumes of copper recovered by SAPS

Sun says the move will affect those doing business legitimately. He says government should focus on fighting crime.

"We certainly as the City of Joburg, we want to see no strong half measures taken by national government to stop infrastructure damage.

READ: Cable theft costs SA billions of rand: analyst

"We do see this from a different angle, the proposal to the temporary ban also would affect those legitimate business people who are in the industry," he said.

"Our view is that this remains a criminal problem, it's not a policy problem.

"This is nothing more than a crime issue that we're facing nationwide. Us in Johannesburg have been fighting this issue...if the people could be better resourced and better focused with strategies and specialised units, we're quite sure that this problem can be managed."

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eNCA

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