Two offenders jailed, 70 hotspots and scrapyards inspected | Western Cape Government


Two offenders jailed, 70 hotspots and scrapyards inspected

10 March 2019

Weekly statement on all rail enforcement actions – a joint media release from Metrorail, the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Government

The Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) made two arrests and conducted 751 stop-and-searches this past week. This is in addition to the four suspects arrested by the PRASA Protection Services, SAPS Rapid Rail Response Unit and private security contractors. Read more below:

Two successful prosecutions were recorded over the past this week. In the first case, a convicted thief was imprisoned for 12 months and he also received a five-year suspended sentence. In the second case, the offender was imprisoned for three years.

The REU arrested two suspects for possession of suspected stolen property and malicious damage to property in Ravensmead and Bishop Lavis. Furthermore, 751 stop-and-searches were conducted, and fines to the value of R92 300 were issued.

The PRASA Protection Services remove vagrants within the rail operating precincts on a rotational basis every week. In addition, 61 vagrants were removed and 29 structures dismantled between Salt River and Observatory during the past week.

Arrests 6 Malicious damage to property, possession of stolen property Arrests 2 Attempted theft, malicious damage to property, possession of stolen property
Trains patrolled 751 Focus on area central Autonomous operations 10  
Confiscations 34 Knives, scissors & various tools used for cable theft Confiscations 3



Searches 341 For weapons & illegal substances




Legal Succession Act Schedule B (warnings/fines) 49 Keeping train doors open in transit, no valid ticket, travellling between carriages Fines – Traffic by-law, general 25 R92 300
Vagrants removed 61 Salt River - Observatory Inspections of hotspot areas and scrapyards 70  
Structures dismantled and removed 29 Salt River - Observatory Section 56 notices To appear in court 20  
Joint operations 3 SAPS Rapid Rail Response Unit & security contractors Section 341 notices (fines) 10  
Campaigns (safety, level crossing) 1 Koelenhof level crossing Stop-and-search actions 751  
Court appearances and/or convictions 37

Bellville, Langa & Khayelitsha - 2 sentences:

  • 1 x 12 months direct imprisonment with 5-year suspended sentence;
  • 1 x 3 years direct imprisonment
Complaints attended 10  
PRASA Protection Services is tasked to ensure Legal Succession Act compliance, crime prevention and commuter safety. * The Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) is a special security initiative funded by  PRASA, the City of Cape Town and  PGWC Department of Transport & Public Works) to focus on bylaw compliance, metal theft prevention and to support SAPS Railway Police in the protection of commuters. Its 100 law enforcement officers are trained as Peace Officers with traffic warden and street survival skills and firearm competency and also focus on bylaw compliance.  The Unit’s performance is reflected separately to monitor performance and assess feasibility.


Aspirant cable thieves and vandals should take note of our regular arrests and successful convictions as well as the suspended sentences imposed. Theft and vandalism in the rail environment are becoming increasingly less attractive options. Every success is incentive for our teams to do more, better,’ said Metrorail Western Cape Regional Manager, Richard Walker.
‘We cannot overstate the importance of PRASA’s refurbishment programme and our investment in the Rail Enforcement Unit which is focusing on the safety and security of commuters and the rail infrastructure. On Thursday and Friday the past week we presented the Far South Transport Plan to residents so that they can comment on our short- to long-term interventions to alleviate traffic congestion in the Far South. According to our assessments, there would be 2 300 fewer private vehicles on the main access routes in the peak-hour periods in the Far South if the passenger numbers could be doubled on the Southern rail line. We need to work even harder so that commuters can return to passenger rail in numbers. Rail remains the most efficient and affordable form of public transport. If we can get it right it will go a long way in taking vehicles off our road network,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Alderman Felicity Purchase.
‘As more criminal hotspots are being targeted and criminals apprehended, it is becoming harder and harder for crime to thrive within the rail network. Our collective efforts, through the Rail Enforcement Unit and other Metrorail security efforts, are making a noticeable difference in restoring law and order in the network, and ridding it of crime. Our approach is guided by strategy and information from previous operations, as well as the assistance from the general public. We must work together in addressing this very pressing matter. There is still a lot of work to do, but we are confident that the work already being done is a step in the right direction,’ said Donald Grant, Minister of Transport and Public Works and Chairperson of the Rail Management Task Team.
The public can assist the REU by reporting crime and vandalism, as this forms part of the intelligence that drives deployment and operations.

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 4309/10
SAPS Crime Stop 0860 10111
Crime line

SMS 32211

City of Cape Town Metals Theft Unit 0800 222 2771
Media Enquiries: 

Alderman Felicity Purchase
the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport
Tel: 021 400 7197 or Cell: 083 629 0829
Email: (please always copy

Riana Scott, Spokesperson: Metrorail Western Cape
Tel: 021 4496181 or Cell: 083 284 3508

Siphesihle Dube, Spokesperson for the Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 8954 or Cell: 084 233 3811