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Metrorail train robbers nabbed in covert operation

Two suspects were arrested on Thursday following repeated muggings on the Southern line train coaches.

(Also read our article: Security on Metrorail trains continues to be a problem)

Many Cape Town commuters feel unsafe when travelling using Metrorail trains due to criminal activity on the routes.

We spoke with Richard Walker, Regional Manager of Metrorail in the Western Cape, about the recent rise in crime on trains and the subsequent operations and arrests.

Walker says there has been a concerning spike in the number of contact crimes in their coaches over the last six months.

According to Walker, the recent crimes have also become more aggressive and confrontational; and as a result they have deployed undercover officials on several operations.

Crime is very high in the communities in which we operate and we find that it is displaced. The criminals are moving their operations. When police are successful within the communities, they target other areas such as the trains. We have raised this with the authorities.

Richard Walker, regional manager at Metrorail

Despite being identified by Metrorail personnel, and having four other cases of robbery linked to them, the two apprehended suspects have been released by the police, according to Walker.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


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