Tickets for Western Cape man caught vandalising Metrorail train

2017-08-23 18:11
Damage caused by vandalism to the interior of a train carriage. (Supplied: Metrorail)

Damage caused by vandalism to the interior of a train carriage. (Supplied: Metrorail)

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Cape Town – A man has been arrested for allegedly vandalising the interior of a train carriage near Klapmuts in the Cape Winelands district, Metrorail said on Wednesday.

The man, 22, and three accomplices were caught red-handed by Metrorail Protection Service teams near Klapmuts on Tuesday night, said Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott.

His accomplices, however, managed to flee the scene.

The group is believed to have damaged interior panels and ripped holes in the seats.

Scott said the man had been handed over to police.

Regional manager Richard Walker said this was the 18th arrest in eight weeks, and was proof that Metrorail was "serious about reducing unbridled vandalism".

Crime prevention

He said that onboard vandalism reduced the region’s already diminished fleet by an average of 60 to 70 carriages per month.

"Our commuters and employees suffer needlessly as a result."

The Metrorail Protection Service teams were responsible for conducting inspections and search and seizure operations every day.

They concentrated on crime prevention and infringements, such as travelling with invalid tickets, fare evasion and jumping in and out of moving trains.

Metrorail offered a reward of up to R25 000, and full anonymity, for any information leading to a conviction.

Rail-related crimes can be reported to the Metrorail Protection Service hotline on 021 449-4336/5056, SAPS Crime Stop on 0860 10111 or by SMS to Crime Line on 32211.

Damage to seats caused by vandalism. (Supplied: Metrorail)

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