Prasa cries ‘economic sabotage’ after cables are cut and thief is electrocuted

Prasa cries ‘economic sabotage’ after cables are cut and thief is electrocuted

2021-11-30 10:40:00 PM

Prasa cries ‘economic sabotage’ after cables are cut and thief is electrocuted

Metrorail said it was the victim of “economic sabotage” on Tuesday after fibreoptic communications lines in Cape Town were cut overnight.

Zenani said the cutting of the fibreoptic lines meant trains were unable to communicate with each other and the control room. The disruptions and constant theft and vandalism on the Metrorail lines come as the organisation is starting to roll out its new trains.

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“The vandalism smacks of economic sabotage on the very lines where Metrorail had gained traction in introducing new trains. Metrorail has started introducing new trains on the Cape Flats line and on the southern line up to Retreat station.“The vandalism seems deliberate and aimed at disrupting the already limited train services.”

She said Metrorail security teams were making arrests almost daily  and were conducting sting operations with law enforcement authorities at scrap dealerships where stolen Prasa property is sold.“This, unfortunately, has not deterred prospective criminals from targeting not only our infrastructure but other entities such as Transnet and City of Cape Town property.” headtopics.com

Offenders are normally apprehended red-handed, en route to or at scrap metal dealers.Metrorail spokesperson Nana ZenaniThe city established its own law enforcement units to help the national government cope with security shortcomings on trains and along the railway line.

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The city’s metal theft unit assistant chief, Marilyn Holding, said there has been a “severe increase in infrastructure-related thefts” in Cape Town.Holding said the theft of Prasa and Transnet infrastructure was “not purely opportunistic” and though some thieves were stealing to subsist, “greed” was also a factor.

She said a drastic increase in the international market price for metals fuelled the attacks.“Offenders are normally apprehended red-handed, en route to scrap metal dealers or at scrap metal dealers,” she said.“It is seldom that identifiable items are recovered at scrap metal dealers, as the original appearance of items is often altered to hide its identity. The value of certain metals also increases in value.”

For example, Holding said, copper cable in its original form and still covered in plastic has a scrap purchase price of about R30/kg, while “shiny copper” with no covering fetches R120. Burnt or mixed copper sells for R100.She said the vastness of the terrain makes it difficult to police the railway lines but she claimed Prasa and Transnet were not doing enough. headtopics.com

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“Entities need to work on effective branding of their assets. They need to create uniquely manufactured items. The law puts the burden of proof of ownership on the entity and not on the person in whose possession the items are found,” she said.She pointed out that the Second Hand Goods Act has no penalty clause for possession of suspected stolen copper cables.

“Policies should be drafted to regulate the manner in which legally scrapped metals are disposed of after they have been sold off to registered scrap dealers. Sometimes dealers show documentation from years ago to prove ownership of metals found on their property.”

She said specially trained investigators, prosecutors and magistrates should deal with infrastructure-related cases, and the staff members of the entities who are going to be providing the specialist statements and testify in court need to undergo stringent workshops to ensure successful convictions.

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