Cable theft hits Daveyton trains

2012-01-11 13:02

Johannesburg - No trains were running on the Daveyton line, in the East Rand, on Wednesday morning because of stolen overhead power cables, Metrorail Gauteng said.

"Due to the severity of the damage, we anticipate that it will take approximately a week to repair the damage," it said.

It said technicians and service providers were working around the clock to repair the damage.

In the meantime, the state-owned commuter rail company had organised buses to run between Daveyton and Dunswart.

"We are pleading with our customers to exercise patience and care while we move them between the dead section by buses."

In addition, there would continue to be delays of up to 45 minutes on both peaks on the route between Pretoria/Leralla and Johannesburg until Friday.

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  • ubhejane - 2012-01-11 13:24

    Until all these "copper merchants" are stopped, this problem will not go away. This isn't only a cable thief problem, it is also the fault of the many "hack shops" run by unscrupulous merchants that are compounding the problem. It is a stinking disgrace to think how many people are inconvenienced by these cable thefts. Trading in copper should be made unlawful immediately. We can't criminalise diamond trading which only affects De Beers, but allow a whole nation to suffer because we can't get a grip on this problem.

      duane.loubser - 2012-01-11 17:13

      The law needs to change & severe sententes need to be handed out of cable thieves as well as people caught trading in stolen cables. Once a couple of them get sent away for a long time, the others will learn

  • Ian - 2012-01-11 13:28

    Shouldn't the criminals responsible for these thefts (assuming that they are ever caught) be tried on grounds of treason? As the sabotage of the rail lines (and for example the Gautrain) is an act of terrorism against the South African economy? - any thought/opinions?

      ubhejane - 2012-01-11 13:42

      Yes Ian that would be wonderful, but you know what the justification for the theft will be, don't you? I really believe the only way to solve this problem is to apply the same rules as they do for diamond trading. When you view this problem in isolation, it is easy to come up with a solution. However the foundation of our ever escalating crime lies in the manner we employ and deploy our law enforcement, the absolute counter productive manner in which we run our judicial system and ultimately the implementation of prison sentences. However magic the "world" might view our wonderful constitution, it has created more problems than solutions. And I am not referring to issues such as a woman's rights or gay people getting married.

      Ian - 2012-01-11 13:51

      Ubhejane - It would seem that our Constitution does provide more for the criminal than for the honest, hard working citizen. I mean, where in the world do you sit in prison and still get to vote? ha ha ha ha ridiculous. Surely if you've committed a crime, by definition removed another's Human Rights (by stealing his/her property, violating his/her person, etc etc), shouldn't your human rights then be forfeited? I'm not saying you must instate the death penalty for someone that stole a loaf of bread, there are indeed extenuating circumstances, but I simply cannot, in my mind, reconcile the fact that convicted criminals have the right to vote in this country.

      Robsschele - 2012-01-11 14:48

      I've been suggesting that for a long time allready. Breaking down services is defenitely sabotage and should be treated as such. Any act that causes harm to the economy is defenitely terrorism.

  • RobertaKeeling - 2012-01-11 13:52

    A pity these guys didn't get fried when they cut the cables. Unless of course it was an inside job, and they knew how to safely disconnect wires carrying a few thousand volts without being roasted!

  • Willie - 2012-01-11 15:17

    Why immediately when everybody is back from their homelands

  • Jason - 2012-01-11 15:58

    I wish the cable theft would affect the gravy train!

  • nntlanga - 2012-01-11 16:39

    I do not understand why mtrorail always have problem and fail to inform commuters. Service that they render is very poor and they do not care about many commuters that loose their jobs because of rotten service. At Daveyton the situation is wors and metrorail do not care about it. They are suppose to inform commuters and organise alternative transport on time. Last one metro worker told us that at Daveyton commuters do not buy tickets they use free ride(Amangobe). I was so surprised today when I saw more that a thoussand commuters at the station with monthly and weekly tickets. I asked myself what they meant when they told us that we do not buy tickets. Even the buses that were there today were not enough and they came late and delayed commuters especialy the ones who are working at Johanessburg. Metro is failing and do not wish to rectify its mistakes and also do not care abou its customers. As long as they already have your ticket money the rest is none of their business. Why the buses had to be from Daveyton to Dunswart? What happened about Springs trains that they were overloaded?. Commuters die now and then at Dunswart yesterday afternoon a guy was hited by a train and he lied there more that two hours waiting for an Ambulance. Why there are no trains from Daveyton to Joburg or from Dunswart to Joburg?. Customer service at Metrorail is very poor and rotten. The Metro is taking advantage of poor people who depend on them for transport. They know that they do not competers

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