By Providence Moyo and Nomalanga Makwelo
Police in Bulawayo have nabbed three notorious men alleged to have vandalized and stolen ZESA property which include copper cables worth USD$ 56 000 .
According to Bulawayo Provincial Police Spokesperson Inspector Abedinico Ncube, the three identified as Takudzwa Muteza of Glenview, Decent Dambuza from Msasa and Parkson Makamelo from Epworth were arrested on different occasions.
“In the first instance through the participation of residents and general members of the public, the gang was spotted hiding near a ZESA transformer along Montrose road, Richmond in Bulawayo and when residents approached the gang they ran away. During the process, one Takudzwa Mateza aged 26 years of Glenview, Harare was arrested. Police searched his bag, and found him in possession of 14 inch bold cater,vice grip wheels paner and 10 other spanners of different sizes together with 25m of nylon .
According to the Inspector, further investigations were carried out which led to the information that the gang were also responsible for the theft of cable wires in different parts of the City, which had left many communities in the dark.
Muteza implicated the two other gang members.
“CID made other follow-ups leading to the arrest of Descent Dambadza from Musasa Harare and Parkson Makamelo also from Epworth in Harare. They were arrested parked outside OK shops in Kwekwe. A Toyota Hilux D4D silver in colour which they were using to commit the crimes was also recovered,” he said.
Inspector Ncube also urged members of the public to desist from tempering with ZESA property as they were endangering their lives.
Meanwhile, on 16 April 2021 , police in Plumtree arrested an 87 year old man whilst he was trying to smuggle copper into the border town.
Aleck Gumede Ncube who was using a blue caravan vehicle registration number AFD 3798 was arrested whilst headed for Botswana with copper cables weighing 364 kilograms.