Cape Town - Metrorail has welcomed the arrest of more than 100 suspects in relation to a number of charges including possession of drugs and vandalism.
"Seventy three offenders in the rail network met their match during the first week of June 2018. The largest haul of arrests (sixty) was made on Thursday during a joint operation conducted by Metrorail Protection Services, Transnet Freight Rail Security and Woodstock SAPS," the commuter rail operator said on Friday.
"The twenty three females and thirty seven males arrested yesterday are due to appear in court on Monday 11 June 2018 for infringements ranging from possession of drugs, dealing in drugs and trespassing. The team confiscated aluminium rail components, train doors and copper cabling as well as dagga and mandrax tablets.
"Earlier in the week thirteen people were arrested in Newlands, Belhar, Maitland and Pentech respectively for cable theft/theft/vandalism. Most offenders are being charged in terms of the Criminal Matters Amendment Act.
"PRASA successfully opposed bail on many applications and there are more than one hundred offenders currently awaiting trial. The first successful conviction and 15 year jail sentence of Fortune Nkomo yesterday in a Cape Town Court has paved the way for more cable thieves to meet similar justice.