The SAPS Frances Baard Essential Infrastructure Task Team, Provincial Organised Crime, Flying Squad and the E2 Initiative (Eyes and Ears, project by Business Against Crime SA-BACSA), SAPIS/Syntell Agristructure and local farmers assisted with the apprehension and detention of two suspects.

The Provincial Operational Command Centres of the Northern Cape and Free State also formed part of the sting operation.

On 16 November 2022 the information received was operationalised and the vehicle was intercepted on the N8 leading into Kimberley and Petrusburg.

Police searched the vehicle and confiscated copper worth R500 000 -00 that was allegedly stolen in the Free State.

The two male suspects will be appearing in court soon and the investigation continues.

The Provincial Commissioner for the Northern Cape, Lt Gen Koliswa Otola applauded the team for their professional collaboration and swift response in the arrest of the suspects.

“The eradication of crimes against essential infrastructure is one of our focus areas and this multi-disciplinary success once again shows that partnership policing works,” Gen Otola said.