File photo: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
File photo: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Minister of Transport Dr Blade Nzimande conducted a walk-about at the Paarden Eiland Depot in Cape Town to view damages to the PRASA infrastructure. Picture: Armand Hough/African News Agency (ANA)
Minister of Transport Dr Blade Nzimande conducted a walk-about at the Paarden Eiland Depot in Cape Town to view damages to the PRASA infrastructure. Picture: Armand Hough/African News Agency (ANA)

Cape Town - Metrorail Western Cape has reported that 33 arrests have been made for a range of offences during the month of July. This comes in the wake of a spate of arson attacks on carriages at stations across the city.  

July

Number of arrests

Offences

SAPS Charge Offices

Week 1-7

2

Attempted robbery

RRPU Cape Town

Week 8-14

11

In possession of dangerous weapon

In possession of illegal substance

Assault

Cable theft

Malicious damage to property

 

Bellville

Steenberg

Mandalay

Khayelitsha

RRPU Retreat

Manenberg

Week 15-21

8

Possession of stolen property

Damage to essential infrastructure

Possession of illegal substances

Theft

Pinelands

Lentegeur

Somerset West

Khayelitsha

Cape Town Station

Week 22- 31

11

Robbery

Malicious damage to property

In possession of illegal substances

In possession of firearm

Attempted theft

Retreat

Muizenberg

Philippi

Cape Town

Brackenfell

Claremont

Total

33

 

 


A total of three incidents were recorded - two at Cape Town Station which affected four platforms. However, the majority of incidents were recorded in July 2018.


The spate of arson attacks prompted a Ministerial visit, stakeholder engagement and the expansion of the task team investigating the burnings. A fourth attempt was swiftly prevented on Cape Town Station on Tuesday. 

The approval of 100 law enforcement officers to focus on rail commuter safety and to protect infrastructure goes before a City mayoral committee today.

Regional manager Richard Walker said there has been increased vigilance and observance among employees, commuters and the public since the attacks began.
"We have received more intelligence since March this year than ever before. I commend those who do the right thing to help eradicate crime from their communities – we encourage them to continue helping us in this fight," Walker said.

Metrorail say all tip-offs will be investigated and that any information received will be treated as confidential. A reward of up to R25 000 is being offered for information leading to a successful conviction.

Should you wish to report a train incident or tip-off, contact one of the following numbers: 

Metrorail Protection Services hotline - (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 4309/10

SAPS Crime Stop - 0860 10111

Crime line - SMS 32211

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