Metrorail suspends services
Written by Keshia Jansen on December 11, 2017
Thousands of commuters have been left stranded following the suspension of trains on Cape Town’s Central line.
Consequently, there are no trains operating on the Chris Hani – Kapteinsklip and Bishop Lavis lines “until further notice.”
Metrorail has advised commuters to find alternative transport, which in turn has caused major traffic delays.
The suspension of the trains has been caused by cable theft, vandalism and the destruction of property in various areas.
Metrorail Regional Manager Richard Walker has said: “Vandals targeted several mini sub-stations, cables and back-up batteries over the weekend leaving us no option but to suspend services.”
According to Walker, the rate of vandalism has exceeded Metrorail’s ability to restore the damage.
Walker maintains that incidents of crime have become more aggressive as Metrorail employees are increasingly being robbed and assaulted.
Walker has called for assistance from law enforcement agencies and police to take action against criminals and illegal scrap dealers.
The support of the community has also been called upon.
It is understood that a reward of up to R25 000 is being offered for any information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in the ongoing vandalism.
Community members are encouraged to report any sightings to the relevant departments below:
Metrorail Protection Services hot-line (021) 449 4336/5056
RRPU Cape Town (platform 1) (021) 443 4325
RRPU Bellville (021) 941 6800
RRPU Philippi /Stock Road (021) 370 1011
RRPU Retreat (021) 710 5129
RRPU Radio Control/ OPS room (021) 449 5111
SAPS Crime Stop 0860 10111
Crime line Sms 32211