Several incidents of cable theft along Maitland, Kensington and Khayelitsha have resulted in 60 to 90 minutes delays for Metrorail commuters on Monday. Although a shuttle service has been implemented to deals with the backlog, Metrorail has appealed to the community to expose those involved.
“There are two ways of doing this, which is by reporting suspicious activity as soon as possible and by reporting scrap dealer who continuously accept scrap without a certificate of origin,” says spokesperson Riana Scott.
They further appealed to scrap dealers not to accept scrap illegally.
“If we dispose of scrap legally we get a certificate that the scrap deal has gotten the scrap. However if people do not have a certificate of origin please do not accept the scrap metal as it will result in the ongoing cable theft,” says Scott.
Due to the vast area covered by Metrorail they claim such occurrences are not uncommon.
“We cover 489km of railway track and cover 5 municipalities so it is not unusual for us to experience cable theft. We experience 4 to 5 incidents of vandalism. Most are quite minor and we can repair them quite quickly,” says Scott. VOC (Nailah Cornelissen)