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Metrorail beefs up security in search and seizure operation

Metrorail Protection Services in the Western Cape have come out in full force on on Monday morning to clamp down on illegal activity at several stations.

(Also read our article: Metrorail train robbers nabbed in covert operation)

The train service has apprehended vandals, cable thieves and commuters transporting drugs and weapons, in response to a spate of criminal incidents at Metrorail stations across Cape Town.

According to EWN reporter Lauren Isaacs, the search operation has been met with mixed responses from commuters.

Some commuters were shocked to see members of Metrorail Protection Services. We witnessed some alarming things, including dagga wrapped in newspaper. A large kitchen knife was also confiscated, another commuter also pulled out screw driver and tried to stab one of the guards.

Lauren Isaacs, EWN reporter

Isaacs says some commuters commended Western Cape Transport MEC Donald Grant and Richard Walker, Regional Manager of Metrorail for the increased visibility.

However, other commuters complained that the search efforts increased the delays to arrive at work on time.

According to Walker, the railway operator has deployed 80 dedicated Metrorail Protection officials to focus on problematic train stations and coaches over the next three months.

What we've done this morning is part of increasing visibility of our operation in light of the increase in criminal incidents. We've launched a dedicated team of about 80 strong skilled members.

Richard Walker, regional manager at Metrorail

Walker says they will target problematic areas according to patterns from crime reports and commuter feedback.

The operation, which was launched at the start of August, will collaborate with all law enforcement services.

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