Metrorail vandalism: 8 arrested

8 suspects were arrested in connection vandalism to Metrorail infrastructure.

FILE: Firefighters trying to extinguish fire on a Metrorail train in Woodstock on 22 January 2013. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Police have confirmed eight suspects have been arrested in connection vandalism to Metrorail infrastructure.

The arrests were made on Monday.

There've been several attacks on Metrorail property over the past few weeks, often leaving services paralysed.

Western Cape police chief Arno Lamoer says suspects are being questioned and their investigation will determine where the suspects have been involved in other crimes related to Metrorail before.

"They are busy with the investigation and for me it will be premature to tell you which exact incident we're talking about. What we done is we studied the footage, identified the people and those people will now be interrogated and to see if they have been involved in other crimes."

COMMUTER STRUCK BY TRAIN

Metrorail reported disruptions on its central line this morning after a commuter was struck by a train between Mandalay and Nolungile.

It says while details around the incident are still sketchy, Metrorail officials are on the scene to investigate.

Last week, the Passenger Rail agency of South Africa (Prasa) said a risk assessments will determine whether Metrorail services will be permanently shut down in Khayelitsha and the surrounding areas.

It will cost at least R8 million to repair the damage caused in ongoing attacks on Metrorail infrastructure.

Prasa CEO Mosenngwa Mofi said the parastatal has spent R382 million on repairs and rebuilding infrastructure over the past three years.

Mofi visited the Chris Hani and Kuyasa trains stations in Khayelitsha last week after a train was petrol bombed and a ticket office was destroyed during overnight protests.

The violence reportedly stems from land evictions which were carried out in nearby Enkanini.