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DURBAN – An upswing in cable theft from heavy trucks parked at traffic junctions at Clairwood Junction south of Durban is costing haulage companies thousands of rand.
The intersection is frequented by trucks destined for Durban Harbor, Maydon Wharf and Bayhead Road. Trucks use this route to get onto the M7. Thieves cut and remove cables between the horse and the trailer of a truck.
Local actors have now taken a stand against this crime in the Clairwood area.
Affected stakeholders and companies planned to sign agreement forms on Monday to take security measures to combat truck cable theft.
Clairwood Business Forum coordinator Juan van Dyk said they had decided to recruit road patrols to conduct foot patrols between the M7 along South Coast Road and Blamey Road.
“We met with all of the companies concerned. We’ll have 24-hour security patrolling the streets on foot. It will also be linked to a control room and an armed emergency vehicle that will be stationed at Clairwood around the clock, ”he said.
Last Wednesday, a Zimbabwean truck driver who works for a Drummond haulage company and travels between South Africa and Zimbabwe was the last known victim on the South Coast Road. He was on his way to Johannesburg.
“The criminals use the traffic lights because they are very slow. They cut our cables and run away, ”said Mayor Kazingizi, the truck driver.
Cables between the horse and the trailer of a truck are cut and removed by thieves who then sell them. Image: Delivered
“Modern trucks are controlled almost entirely electronically using many on-board computer controllers. Braking systems fail … (when cables are stolen), as do many other processes that seriously endanger other road users, ”said Ken Drummond, owner of Drummond Haulage Company.
“The cost of repairs to vehicles with damaged on-board computers is between 70,000 and 120,000 RAR or much more, depending on how many computer modules need to be replaced. These costs are apart from vehicle recovery costs or damage to other innocent road users. “
Heather Nel, who ran a frail care facility in Sarnia, welcomed Homeleigh Haven to the dedicated security guards who would patrol and protect both trucks and drivers.
Durban Metro Police Spokesman Parboo Sewpersad urged truck drivers and truck owners to do their part and ensure that they arrange safe parking for trucks.
“Truck drivers and owners also need to take extra precautions to ensure they don’t park in unsafe locations. Ultimately, these vehicles, laden or not, are still a target for criminals who want to either loot or dismantle these vehicles. These criminals would sell truck parts to junkyards.
“Scrap dealers also have to do their part and ensure that they have the identity numbers and home addresses of the sellers, unless they were, of course, also part of the syndicate.”
Sewpersad said they had arrested about 20 suspects related to the crime in the past. He said ongoing operations were being carried out to hold these criminals accountable.