The City of Cape Town is offering a cash reward for information that leads to the identification and arrest of those responsible for vandalising a brand new train on Tuesday, 4 January.


The City said one of the brand new trains, which finally returned to operation on the Cape Town Southern Line last week, was pelted with stones in the Steenberg area.

“Damage to critical infrastructure is completely unacceptable, even if it is perpetrated by youth who think that stoning trains is ‘fun.’

“For too long, a well-functioning rail service has been absent from our city and millions of Capetonians suffer as a result,” said City mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis.

The mayor said Metrorail confirmed that a window on the brand new Southern Line train was broken by stones on its first day of operation and the repair costs are estimated to be around R20 000.

“We cannot allow a few individuals who wish to damage and steal public infrastructure to rob us all of the resources we need to improve our lives.

“When the trains run again, after long absences and very expensive investment, we should all help to protect them,” said Hill-Lewis.

Tip-offs can be made via the Public Emergency Call Centre available at 107 from a landline and 021-480-7700 via cellphone.


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