Metrorail WC declares war on cable theft

A task team has been set up to deal with the problem of cable theft.

Thousands of Metrorail commuters on Cape Town’s station used taxis as an alternative mode of transport after metrorail was forced to closed down its busiest line. Picture: Gadeeja Abbas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail in the Western Cape has declared war on cable and metal thieves crippling its service.

According to the parastatal, four incidents of metal theft happen daily in the province.

A task team has been set up to deal with the problem and to date there've been more than 2,000 arrests over the last six months.

Metrorail's regional manager, Richard Walker said, "This incidents occur on average four times a day and they cause major disruptions in the service and impact the economy negatively."

Last month disgruntled commuters of Metrorail trains called on the company to beef up security after a number of cases have been reported of customers being mugged in and out of trains.

There have also been several calls for the rail operator to improve their train services.