Gugulethu residents patrol railway lines

Residents say they conducting operations on a daily basis to protect people going to work.

FILE: Residents say they conducting operations on a daily basis to protect people going to work. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Self-styled crime fighters in Gugulethu have volunteered to patrol railway lines in the area, protecting both residents and the line itself.

Scores of locals cross the train tracks on foot between Nyanga junction and Heideveld stations.

Several people have been robbed near the railway line, and cable theft is also rife according to the volunteers.

Residents say they conduct this operation on daily basis. This section is notorious for muggings as commuters are targeted to and from work.

One resident says they patrol early in the morning to ensure people are safe.

"There's a bridge there but people are afraid because they have been attacked. So here it's better and it's safe."

Cable theft is another problem as thieves are believed to be stealing these cables to feed their drug habit.

Last week had to use alternative means of public transport after c able signals were badly damaged on the Philippi line on which thousands of commuters travel daily.

Tens of thousands of commuters, from Nyanga, Mitchell's Plain, Khayelitsha and Cape Town, were affected by this problem.