Monday, October 11, 2021

The False Bay section of the Metrorail service vandalised, damages worth R1 million.

Vandalism has caused disruption for train commuters after some Metrorail services have been placed on hold in the Western Cape. The False Bay section of the Metrorail service in Cape Town will be closed for a week due to vandalism amounting to more than R1 million.

On Sunday, opportunists decided to execute an attempt of theft of an 11-kilovolt (kV) line on however the suspects we seen and unfortunately threw the cut line onto live 3kV overhead electric wires.

This triggered an emergency on the Southern Line when two wires touched, causing damage to four mast poles.

According to Metrorail spokesperson Nana Zenani Metrorail will not be able to run services on the Southern Line, specifically between Retreat and Fish Hoek.

Last week, the Western Cape passenger rail service was disrupted by a telecommunications outage due to a vandalised optic-fibre cable on the Deep River line.

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