Train commuters in the north of Pretoria were left stranded on Monday morning as cable theft grounded the service.
This was caused by cable theft at Wintersnest train station and damaged overhead wires at the Wolmerton train station.
“As a result of this theft, there is no overhead power supply in the affected sections. Mabopane and De Wildt trains from Pretoria station are turning around at Pretoria North,” the statement said.
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Metrorail acting provincial manager Goodman Matampi said the vandalism and theft of railway infrastructure negatively affected the “punctual train service delivered to commuters”.
“At the moment there is no commuter train service in Mabopane and De Wildt,” Matampi said.
“Metrorail is making alternative arrangements in the form of buses to move commuters from the two affected stations to Pretoria North.”
He said that only commuters with valid train tickets would be allowed on the arranged buses.
Matampi urged people to report cable theft at their nearest police station and to security guards in the area.
“Metrorail technical teams are already at the affected stations assessing the damage and will start repair work soon,” he said.
“Metrorail management sincerely apologises for the inconvenience caused.”
Power outages were also reported on Sunday evening in several areas in Pretoria North.
Ward councillor Yolanda Duvenage confirmed that a lightning strike had caused a power surge.
“Power has been restored to the affected homes,” Duvenage said.
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