Record 2 029 stop-and-searches, 534 hotspots and scrapyards inspected | Western Cape Government


Record 2 029 stop-and-searches, 534 hotspots and scrapyards inspected

24 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 three arrests and inspected 534 hotspots and scrap yards 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:

The REU arrested three suspects for possession of drugs and suspected stolen property in Pinelands, Bishop Lavis and the Cape Town Central Business District. Furthermore, a record 2 029 stop-and-searches were conducted and fines to the value of R76 950 were issued.

PRASA Protection Services and private security contractors arrested four suspects in terms of the Criminal Matters Amendment Act which provides for stricter bail conditions and harsher sentences, including up to 30 years’ imprisonment, for those caught and convicted for destruction of essential infrastructure. There were 29 court appearances over the past week and bail was successfully opposed in all cases. 

PRASA dismantled 14 illegal structures within the rail reserve and removed these by truck. The 31 occupants were also removed, all in the section between Tygerberg and Parow, and in Cape Town.

Metrorail Protection Services, RRPU and private security contractor actions

Number Detail *REU Actions Number Detail
Arrests 4 Damage to essential infrastructure under the Criminal Matters Amendment Act AND possession of stolen property Arrests 3 Possession of stolen property and illegal substances
Trains patrolled 907 Regional Autonomous operations 69  
Confiscations 12 Scissors, knives, hacksaws and blades Confiscations 3 Council poles, illegal substances, stolen property
Searches 891 On various trains and at key stations


Legal Succession Act Schedule B (warnings/fines) 26 Holding train doors open in transit, boarding moving trains, standing between coaches Fines in terms of the Traffic By-law, general 24 R30 350
Vagrants removed 31

Tygerberg – Parow

Cape Town
Inspections of hotspot areas and scrapyards 534  
Structures dismantled and removed 14

Tygerberg – Parow

Cape Town
Section 56 notices to appear in court 24  
Joint operations 4 Kraaifontein-Stikland and Heathfield-Southfield Section 341 notices (fines) 53 R46 600
Campaigns (safety, level crossing) 11 Bellville with SAPS RRPU Stop-and-search actions 2 029  
Court appearances and/or convictions 29 Bail successfully opposed in all cases Complaints attended to 13  

About PRASA Protection Services:

It 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 and Public Works to focus on by-law 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. It also focuses on by-law compliance.  The Unit’s performance is reflected separately to monitor performance and assess feasibility.


‘We’ve seen Uber, minibus-taxis and buses increasingly targeted by criminals as well. It’s unacceptable that commuters should be at risk. This is why collaboration between law enforcement agencies is essential. Commuter reports of increased use of dangerous drugs on board, often in full view of fellow travellers and during peak hour periods, help law enforcement officers to proactively deploy resources to curb this practice before it becomes entrenched. We need commuters and members of the public to continue reporting. The information contributes to the identification of trends and hotspots which are resourced accordingly’, said Metrorail Western Cape Regional Manager, Richard Walker.

‘We’ve made a commendable impact on the rail commuter environment together with the Western Cape government and PRASA. We are happy to engage with any other public transport operator to see how we may assist, as no city can prosper and flourish without a functioning public transport system. Cape Town’s reputation as the most congested city in the country is being compounded by Eskom’s load-shedding woes – all the more reason why we need to have safe and reliable public transport options for our residents,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

‘It is becoming increasingly clear from reported statistics of arrests, stop-and-searches, and inspections of hotspot areas and scrapyards, that the rail network is becoming a no-go area for criminals. We must work together as enforcement authorities and the community at large to report and deter criminals from targeting the rail network for their nefarious activities. It is encouraging to see that the REU is continuing to focus its activities strategically in areas for optimal impact,’ said Donald Grant, Western Cape 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: 

Ald. JP Smith, City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security    
Tel: 083 675 3780     

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