Fontes said the Forum's partnership with the community and SAPS will continue to a "strike blows against crime".
"This has been a continuous problem in the areas that are targeted. In the last few weeks it has been a complete nightmare, with traffic lights down because of the stripping.
"This does not only inconvenience the community in terms of traffic, but also affects essential infrastructure and is a burden on the public purse. I believe these types of crimes should be prioritised for prosecution.
"All those involved, whether it's the people who buy copper, the scrap yards, the actual people who dig it up, they should all be prosecuted."
The police could not be reached for comment.