Victory for Metrorail as cable thief is sentenced to 15 years imprisonment

Metrorail Regional Manager Richard Walker says they are happy with the sentence handed down to a man caught stealing cables.

Fortune Nkomo was given 15 years in prison for stealing over R250 000 of rail infrastructure.

Read: Cable theft device may be solution to scupper rampant theft in SA

This is also a victory to all of those commuters who are negatively affected daily by these acts of malicious damage to property and cable theft.

Richard Walker, Metrorail Regional Manager

This is the culmination of our efforts for the past four years where we have been lobbying to ensure that this is no longer seen as petty crimes but be taken seriously by authorities and that appropriate sentences are given to people who are found guilty of these acts.

Richard Walker, Metrorail Regional Manager

Metro rail is also encouraging people to continue reporting these incidents of theft.

A reward of up to R25 000 is being offered for any information which could lead to an arrest.

Our teams, together with Saps, are working around the clock to stabilise the system and the network.

Richard Walker, Metrorail Regional Manager

Part of that is to ensure that whatever we recover in terms of train coaches is coming back to services and infrastructure, to maintain and protect it. We need to kill the issue of crime that is happening in the system

Richard Walker, Metrorail Regional Manager

Walker says there are still about 90 cases involving cable theft that must still brought before the courts.

To hear the rest of the conversation with Richard Walker, listen below:


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