Botswana Telecommunications Corporations (BTC) has raised alarm over increasing incidents of cable theft and vandalism that have cost the parastatal over P3million in the last three months.
Head of Security services at BTC, Modise Mokgatlhong, told journalists during a tour of the damaged facilities that the corporation has recorded high numbers of cable theft in Maun, Kgatleng and Gaborone and surrounding areas.
Mokgatlhong also confirmed that this past Sunday they arrested one of the suspects who also named his accomplices in the cable theft syndicate.
“We are losing a lot of money in repairing damages incurred. For the past two to three months we lost about three million pula in replacing the stolen cables alone,” he explained.
The head of security further explained that the thieves cut the wires and later smelt them to sell as copper; a market he says is fast becoming lucrative.
This was confirmed by Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (SSKIA) police Station Commander Banneetse Keakile who also revealed that they have arrested a man in relation to copper theft.
“Others managed to escape arrest and we are fast on their trail. The suspect we have will appear in court tomorrow to face charges of cable theft. The maximum punishment is imprisonment not exceeding four years or P 50 000 charge or both,” the police boss explained.