Cable thieves disrupt Gauteng trains

2012-02-20 08:34

Johannesburg - Cable thieves have disrupted trains on the Leralla-Tembisa line on the East Rand, rail authorities said on Monday.

"Technicians are working on the problem," said Passenger Rail Authority of SA (Prasa) spokesperson Tony Games.

Buses had been arranged as an alternative transport for commuters, he said.

Trains between Leralla and Tembisa were using a single line because of a power failure caused by the theft, Games said.

"Metrorail sincerely apologises for the inconvenience caused and invites the community to report criminals stealing overhead cables to their nearest police stations," he said.

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  • Ben - 2012-02-20 08:41

    This is Africa. To take is easier than to work if you do not have the luxury of a conscience.

      ronel.cousins - 2012-02-20 08:55

      ''Technicians working on the problem'' they didn't say it's being investigated,or that a sololution will be proposed in near future...

      Francois - 2012-02-20 09:12

      President Zuma, here is an excellent idea for job creation. Have a dedicated team at all of the SOEs to gaurd all of the cables 24/7 the whole year. The economis loss due to cable theft is far more that it would be to pay these workers, thus you score twice. (I am not mentioning your women, there you apparently score more outside your household than inside.)

  • John - 2012-02-20 08:43

    "...Buses had been arranged as an alternative transport for commuters" Sure, For who you been looking for again? eish Tembisa...why so much on trains?

  • Getafix - 2012-02-20 08:45

    All the money is in Joburg, Well that's what i want them crooks to think.

  • spartanx93 - 2012-02-20 08:53

    The mud pelican's at it again... Destroying public services!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-20 08:59

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  • Steve - 2012-02-20 09:04

    "Technicians are working on the problem". Shouldn't the police be working on it?

  • Marcell - 2012-02-20 09:04

    Anyone game to torch a train? Fun and Games?

      cwboshoff - 2012-02-20 11:06

      Haha, well, the mentality will be that the service is crap and that will lead to torched train cars.... These thieving bastards should not be given the option of a trial, they should just be shot so we all can get on with our lives. The sooner the thieves start getting shot an killed on a more regular basis the sooner they will start thinking about the consequences of their actions. All the stories about mob justice and then the mob getting arrested... I say let them go, it's the facking criminals that lead them to this.

  • Dianne - 2012-02-20 09:19

    Just as well we don't use the electric chair in SA - it would never work!What a pity more of these idiots don't FRY themselves when they are busy stealing cables!

  • Robsschele - 2012-02-20 09:38

    SABOTAGE. Declare all cable thieves as terrorists. There are more disruptions now than during the freedom fighting days of the ANC. Maybe the thieves are more successful in sabotage than the ANC used to be.

  • criticallyhonest - 2012-02-20 10:06

    Technicians are working on the problem......Really, the problem lies in the entire profit chain and that surely runs through some very influential people. So please, let's be working on the problem instead of just reconnecting the power.

  • Richard - 2012-02-20 10:18

    This train will never run. If the train runs then the buses strike and when they have buses the cables are stolen. And now imagine creating a whole network of public transport like this all over the country as Cape Town are planning.

      Marcell - 2012-02-20 10:33

      Seems that the taxi bosses are involved.

  • cwboshoff - 2012-02-20 11:15

    WTF... Again? Eish Isn't it time that scrap metal companies be required to report each and evry single little piece of metal they buy? And if you are the one sekling the scrap metal, your FULL background should come into question? Almost like a full security check background thing with finger prints and all just so you will be allowed to sell you small piece of scrap metal. Maybe that will curb the theft. Small bit. And if the thieves are then caught they should be shot and killed immediately!!! As this kind of theft brings the economy down it should be regarded as treason and they should be treated the same as for instance a car bomber.....

      cwboshoff - 2012-02-20 11:17

      Shoh.. look at all those spelling mistakes, I apologise to all the people that get annoyed by that :)

  • chris.khanye - 2012-02-20 11:18

    Every police station must have a cable theft unit. This part of Tembisa has been hit so many times and I believe to date no one has been arrested. Municipal steel street light poles are cut down around Tembisa every day. Now recently cable theft affected some sections of Tembisa. You are fortunate to see a Telkom line still intact in Tembisa. And the trucks overloaded with scrap driving out of Tembisa must be stopped and painstakingly searched even if it means unloading the whole truck - the inconvenience will be a deterrent. I know - some legitimately collect scrap around Tembisa but collective punishment is warranted in this case. This is an abnormal situation and demands abnormal action. To government - this is economic sabotage, a high treason - when are we going to dish out sentences befitting this crime? I saw the frustrated commuters this morning. I wonder why local taxis were not also used to ferry passengers to their work places instead of using only Kempton Park taxis who obviously weren't coping? But greed in the taxi industry again greed won the day...

  • Mohsin - 2012-02-20 11:48

    its nice to see how these idiots get fried trying to steal cables 1 too many times perhaps live cables should be used as bait for them i'll will watch and wait in anticipation to see these fools get fried!

  • Jacobus Fourie - 2012-02-20 11:49

    every day there is a problem with trains from johannesburg to pretoria and pretoria to johannesburg. why must rrains only run every 2 hours sundays and public holidays metro rail must no ppl are working and need it every hour weekends and public holidays and every half hour in the week,metro rail sevice is pathetic.

  • Jadon - 2012-02-20 13:10

    Has anybody got the answer to this problem? Seriously. What needs to be done to prevent it from happening? As others have already commented, replacing the cables isn't fixing anything. Or have conditions in this country reached a point where nobody has the will or support structures (police force, judiciary)to confront and deal with the criminal element? When does the line get drawn?

  • Dianne - 2012-02-20 13:57

    Scrap merchant are equally to blame because they buy the copper and must be aware that it is stolen.......equqally guilty. If they stop buying it possible people will stop stealing it! A vicious circle. Fine the scrap merchant who are caught red-handed with massive fines that hurt their pockets!

  • Jacobus Fourie - 2012-02-20 20:15

    So metro rail is going to blame the so called cable theft for delays monday night.I got on the train 17h50 and got off the train 19h45 were i usualy fet off 19h00.A delay of 45 min metro rail is useless between pretoria and jhb and jhb and pretoria.METRO RAIL WAKE UP !!!!!!

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