C Metrorail cable thief caught in the act

He was apprehended by the railway's protection services just before midnight on Wednesday.

FILEL: A Metrorail train at Cape Town station. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Metrorail thief was caught red handed causing damage totalling R400,000 in Cape Town.

He was apprehended by the railway's protection services just before midnight on Wednesday.

Last week, another suspected cable thief was caught while digging up underground cabling between Pentech and Unibell.

Metrorail's Riana Scott says they have been pushing for both to be tried under the Criminal Matters Amendment Act which provides for stricter bail conditions and heavier sentences.

“Last night one was caught red-handed on board a train, stripping it of cables, and a week ago, another suspect was caught next to the railway line, busy digging up cables with a spade.”

She says any tip-offs in connection with cable theft which leads to a successful conviction will be rewarded by up to R25,000.