Metrorail's Philippi line reopens

The line was reopened yesterday after criminals put it offline by damaging signal cables.

The line was reopened yesterday after criminals put it offline by damaging signal cables.. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail Western Cape says its service is back to normal this week after its busiest line was closed last week following severe vandalism.

Eleven stations on the Philippi line were forced to close for four days after vandals destroyed more than a dozen signal cables.

Thousands of commuters in Mitchell's Plain, Nyanga, Khayelitsha and Philippi were affected.

The commuters who were forced to make alternative arrangements last week are now back to their regular train trip after the line was reopened yesterday.

Metrorail's Riana Scott says it cost around R2 million to repair the damaged signal cables.

"We need everybody, all hands on deck to expose these people. So they can be arrested and our service normalise."

A reward of R50,000 is being offered to anyone with solid information that leads to an arrest.

So far, no arrests have been made.

The rail agency filed complaints of sabotage and attempted murder.