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Saps to increase visibility along major railway lines in CT

Acting police Chief Khomotso Phahlane says this is in order to curb attacks on Metrorail trains and equipment.

FILE: A train approaches Mutual Station in Cape Town at dawn. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says the South African Police Service (Saps) will increase visibility along major railway lines to curb attacks on Metrorail trains and equipment.

Repeated attacks on the rail company's infrastructure in recent days have thrown its services into chaos across Cape Town.

LISTEN: Metrorail infrastructure attacked... again

Police have arrested at least nine people in an anti-crime blitz in the Cape Town CBD.

Saps officers arrest a foreign national for lack of immigration papers on the station deck in Cape Town during an operation in the CBD. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

Phahlane addressed officers this morning ahead of an anti-crime blitz in the City Centre.

Phahlane has warned that the torching of trains could have far-reaching implications for crime in the city.

He says such incidents can create a perception that people can create such offences and get away with it.

He says such attacks also threaten Cape Town's economic growth.

"We commit to becoming much more visible to ensure that proactive policing becomes a reality. We're also focused on investigating those incidents where coaches have been torched."

Meanwhile, operations appear to be almost back to normal at the Cape Town train station.

Metrorail says it's beefed up its security and is working closely with other law enforcement agencies.

_ WATCH_: Commuters face frenzied scrambles on crippled Metrorail lines