Metrorail’s efforts to improve security appear to be paying off, especially in the Western Cape, with the arrest of scores of suspects for rail-related crime. About 60 suspects were apprehended last Thursday, bringing the number of arrests for the year to more than 70 and about 90 since October when Metrorail renewed its security measures, according to Western Cape media reports. It offered a R25,000 reward for tip-offs that lead to the arrest and conviction of cable-theft suspects. Metrorail now seeks prosecution for cable theft in terms of the Criminal Matters Amendment Act, which provides for stricter bail conditions and more severe sentences than under common law, Metrorail spokeswoman Riana Scott was reported as telling EWN. Cable thief jailed Also last Thursday, a cable thief was jailed for 15 years in a sentence that included malicious property damage. The Passenger Rail Agency of SA announced in May that a specialised law enforcement unit would be deployed in the Western Cap...

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