8 arrested for copper cable theft after raids in CT

Eight people have been arrested for copper cable theft after raids at several scrap dealers in the Netreg-Bonteheuwel area.

FILE: Metrorail says vandalism and cable theft causes major delays and cancellations on a daily basis. Picture: Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - Eight people have been arrested for copper cable theft after raids at several scrap dealers in the Netreg-Bonteheuwel area.

Metrorail’s protection services, along with police, on Thursday arrested the suspects and issued fines worth R10,000.

Vandalism and cable theft led to the suspension of the central line for days this week.

Transport MEC Donald Grant said: “We’re very hopeful with the raids that were made at various scrap dealers on Thursday, between Langa and Philippi area, that the people who are accessing and stealing the copper cables will soon be brought to book.”

Meanwhile, a summit is being planned to help find solutions to Cape Town’s perennial train problems.

Two weeks ago, the City of Cape Town’s Brett Herron experienced the service first-hand to get a better idea of what tens of thousands of commuters have to endure almost daily.

WATCH: CT Transport official experiences Metrorail service first-hand.

On Thursday, he was joined on a train at Kraaifontein by Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Janine Myburgh.

Myburgh says that a solution is needed.

“This is why the summit is taking place so that everyone can play a role in finding a solution. Something drastically needs to be done and we’ll only find a solution if we do this together.”

Additional reporting by Monique Mortlock.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)