Following incidents of vandalism earlier this week, Metrorail says it’s losing at least 70 train carriages a month due to unknown culprits damaging and stealing train components.
Eighteen vandalism suspects have been arrested over the past eight weeks, according to local authorities.
Two of the successes were recorded this week.
In the latest arrest, a man was nabbed for vandalising a coach near Klapmuts on Tuesday night.
Officials nabbed the 22-year-old man in the process of vandalising a train carriage.
Three accomplices got away.
On Monday, officers arrested a suspected cable thief at Nyanga Station in possession of 15 meters of cabling.
Metrorail’s Riana Scott said: “We commend our teams for being vigilant and also our customers who are beginning to send us footage of these teams working so brazenly while other people are on board.”
Some passengers have commented by saying that none of this should surprise anyone.
“The trains are already in such a sorry state”, said one commuter. “Doors are broken, windows don’t close, the upholstery is either torn or at times burnt as if deliberately with cigarette butts, which are by the way not allowed”.
Metrorail is no stranger to tough criticism, yet comments on an overall degrading situation are still to be made.
The news of the heightened number of vandalism cases, comes shortly after the release of a Stats SA report which highlights the crippling rise of poverty amongst the country’s youth and retiring population.