Convicted cable thief receives 12-year sentence | Western Cape Government


Convicted cable thief receives 12-year sentence

13 May 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) inspected 66 hot spot areas and scrapyards last week and PRASA teams attended 27 court cases in various magistrate courts to see that suspects are brought to book. Read more below:

A convicted cable thief received a 12-year sentence suspended for six years after pleading guilty last week. As for the other court cases, all other suspects were denied bail and will remain in custody until their next appearance.

The PRASA Protection Services also dismantled 12 illegal structures and removed 29 street people from PRASA premises.

Furthermore, the REU conducted six operations and 28 stop-and-search operations last week, inspected 66 hot spot areas and scrapyards, and also attended to 17 calls for assistance.

One person was arrested in Diep River for the possession of suspected stolen property and a fine to the value of R2 000 was issued.

Arrests 4 Suspects arrested for robbery, damage to essential infrastructure, and being in possession of stolen property Arrests 1  
Trains patrolled 980 MPS and contract security Autonomous operations 6  
Confiscations 24 Knives, scissors, and tools that can be used to vandalise assets Confiscations 0  
Searches 1 311 Regional schedule of designated trains and stations


Legal Succession Act Schedule B (warnings/fines) 32 Holding train doors open, entering or exiting a moving train, crossing railway lines illegally at stations and in section  and standing in between coaches while train in motion Fines in terms of the Traffic By-law, general 0  
Street people removed 29 Woodstock – Salt River Inspections of hotspot areas and scrapyards 66  
Illegally erected structures dismantled and removed 12 Woodstock – Salt River Section 56 notices to appear in court 1  
Joint operations 1 Cape Town Station Section 341 notices (fines) 0  
Court cases attended 27 No bail applications granted, all suspects to remain in custody Stop-and-search actions 28  
Convictions 1 12 years suspended for six years Complaints    attended to 1  
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 Western Cape 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 and also focus on by-law compliance. The Unit’s performance is reflected separately to monitor performance and assess feasibility.


‘The majority of suspects pleaded guilty as a result of the solid evidence provided by PRASA investigators. The arrests and convictions contribute to the improved predictability of the train service and the reduction of crime on trains and at stations,’ said Metrorail Western Cape Regional Manager, Richard Walker.

‘The statistics bear testimony to the work that the REU has done in its short lifespan and on a limited area of the rail network. I believe the case has been made for this to graduate from a pilot project to a permanent and growing presence on Cape Town’s trains and at railway stations. Commuters have a right to travel safely and reliably, be it on the rail network or on the roads, and we are committed to doing everything possible to make that a reality,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

‘The REU has made an effort to be increasingly visible to commuters who have indicated their gratitude for the additional officers that have made a difference. REU officers have been hard at work apprehending criminals and responding to calls where crime is suspected to have occurred. We remain encouraged by the arrests as this is an indicator that the strategies are working. As the REU continue to make more and more arrests, we hope to see incidents of criminal activity decrease. I am encouraged by the progress that the REU continues to make on a daily basis and thank them for their continued dedication,’ said the Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works and Chairperson of the Rail Management Task Team, Donald Grant.

Members of 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