Western Cape police on Wednesday confirmed that an arrest has been made in connection with the arson and vandalism attacks that have hobbled Metrorail’s train service in Cape Town

This came after the Congress of South African Trade Union’s (Cosatu) regional secretary‚ Tony Ehrenreich‚ on Tuesday night said that “Cosatu is glad that the perpetrator has been arrested and whilst calling for due process‚ the law must deal with this criminal activity in the most decisive manner”.


Constable Noloyiso Rwexana on Wednesday confirmed that an arrest was made but could provide no further details. A Metrorail spokesperson said she had no knowledge of a suspect being taken into custody.

“Cosatu calls for the same decisive action against cable thieves and the criminals who prey on the innocent on the trains‚” Ehrenreich said.

The trade unionist also said the federation “is calling for the harshest sentence to be imposed on the arsonist” and “believes that destruction of the trains and the rail infrastructure must be seen as sabotage‚ as it has a devastating effect on the economy”.

Ehrenreich said: “The workers also lose huge amounts of money due the delays in trains as a result of the damage to property.”

Train commuters in the Mother City were on Wednesday morning advised of delays of 30 to 40 minutes on most lines.

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