Kadoma copper wire thief sold out by used recharge cards


A copper wire thief from Kadoma was this month allegedly sold out by used recharge Econet cards, which were picked at the scene where the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission Distribution Company ( ZETDC)’s copper cables were stolen from a transformer.


James Dzane (43) from Rimuka, Kadoma, appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Franklin Mkhwananzi last Wednesday, facing theft charges. He was remanded in custody to July 10.

The court was told that on June 10 this year, Dzane allegedly connived with Zebedia Chemhere, who is still at large, to steal the ZETDC copper conductors from a 50 kilo-volts transmitter.

On the same night Dzane went to ZETDC power line at 424 km peg along Harare–Bulawayo Highway opposite Oka farm, Bulawayo.

It is alleged that Dzane managed to remove the transformer from the poles, before stealing copper conductors from the transformer and sold them.

The court also heard that the police traced Dzane using five used recharge Econet cards that were picked at the scene, which were allegedly used by Dzane to recharge his mobile phone. They were used as exhibit in court.