Gautrain targeted by cable thieves

Justus de Goede MPL

DA Gauteng Transport Spokesperson

Disruptions to Gautrain services this morning, as a result of cable theft, signal a strong warning that the flagship project is now open to what amounts to sabotage by cable thieves.

This deeply-rooted scourge can only be slowed by more stringent security measures. Government must urgently consider strong measures against scrap metal dealers who flout the law by knowingly accepting stolen goods, as well as officials who allow stolen consignments of metal to leave the country.

All forms of rail transport are vulnerable to this kind of criminal activity, but it is worrying when a highly visible and heavily protected asset becomes the target.

The DA will call for a meeting with the Gautrain Management Agency to discuss possible measures to be taken against future cable theft.