CT trains delayed due to cable theft

Metrorail says most of the damage has been repaired and services should be up and running.

FILE: Western Cape Metrorail. Picture:EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cable theft and vandalism have resulted in major delays in train services at Cape Town station this morning.

Some trains have been delayed for up to an hour.

Metrorail's Richard Walker says most of the damage has been repaired and services should be up and running by this afternoon.

"What we are now doing is we've got staff out there they are trying to basically manually trying to get trains into Cape Town station. Commuters are in no way requested to get off the trains. They just need to be patient while we authorise the train into Cape Town station.

At the same time, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) said it lost more than R380 million to vandalism and arson attacks on its trains in the Western Cape over the past three years.

A suspect appeared in court on Wednesday in connection with the torching of 19 train carriages at the weekend at a Metrorail depot in Salt River.

In August, thousands of commuters in Mitchells Plain, Nyanga, Khayelitsha and Philippi were affected after vandals destroyed more than a dozen signal cables.

Commuters were forced to make use of alternative means of transport and the African National Congress in the Western Cape believed this vandalism of Metrorail property were act of sabotage against the rail agency.