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The Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) inspected 155 hot spot areas and scrapyards last week and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s multi-disciplinary teams patrolled 927 trains.

Nine suspects were arrested for stolen goods by PRASA Protection Services and private security contractors last week and 15 confiscations of items such as hacksaws, drugs, cabling and various tools were made. Furthermore, the teams patrolled 927 trains, conducted 1 137 searches, attended 30 court cases, dismantled 19 structures and removed 34 indigent people from rail reserves.

Fines to the value of R21 100 were issued by the REU. Furthermore, 23 stop-and-search operations were conducted last week.

MPS, RRPU & PRIVATE SECURITY CONTRACTOR ACTIONS Number Detail *REU ACTIONS Number Detail
Arrests
9

Suspects arrested for being in possession of stolen property and drugs

Arrests
7

Dangerous Weapon Act, 1968 (Act 71 of 1968) Possession of a dangerous weapon - Goodwood - SAP 13 # 799/2019; SAP14: 89/04/2019; SAPS OB # :1298 /04/2019; SAP 14 A.R 5767751

Imitation firearm - Kleinvlei - SAP13 668/2019; SAP14 (a) 150/04

Possession of presumable stolen property - Goodwood - 186/04/2019

Dangerous Weapon Act, 1968 (ACT 71 OF 1968) Possession of a dangerous weapon - Goodwood - SAP 13 # 799/2019; SAP14: 89/04/2019; SAPS OB # :1298 /04/2019; SAP 14 A.R 5767751
Trains patrolled
927
Regional schedule with special focus on area identified during crime pattern analysis Autonomous operations
0
 
Confiscations
15
Hacksaws, drugs, cabling and various tools Confiscations
0

 

Searches
1137
Regional schedule of designated trains and stations Impoundments:
Metal
0

 

Legal Succession Act Schedule B (warnings/fines)
61
Holding train doors open, entering or exiting a moving train, crossing railway lines illegally at stations and in section  and standing in between coaches while train in motion Fines – Traffic by-law, general
10
R17 100
Vagrants removed
34

Woodstock and Salt River

Inspections of hotspot areas and scrapyards
155
 
Structures dismantled and removed
19
Removed illegal structures in Cape Town Section 56 notices To appear in court
13
 
Joint operations
1
With law enforcement Section 341 notices (fines)
4
R4 000
Court cases attended
30
  Stop-and-search actions
1702
 
Convictions
2
12 years for both convictions: (6 direct – 6 years suspended) Complaints attended
41
 
PRASA Protection Services is tasked to ensure Legal Succession Act compliance, crime prevention and commuter safety. * The Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) is a special security initiative funded by  PRASA,
the City of Cape Town and  PGWC Department of Transport & Public Works)
to focus on bylaw compliance, metal theft prevention and to support SAPS Railway
Police in the protection of commuters. Its 100 law enforcement officers are trained
as Peace Officers with traffic warden and street survival skills and firearm
competency and also focus on bylaw compliance.  The Unit’s performance is
reflected separately to monitor performance and assess feasibility.

‘We are encouraged by the arrests we are making on a weekly basis which demonstrates that the efforts that we’ve put in place to address the issue of cable theft and vandalism is paying off. The collaboration between ourselves, REU, NPA, SAPS, is proving to be very effective and we are charging people that are being arrested in terms of the Criminal Matters Amendment Act. We welcome the two convictions we had in court this week, which had effectively given a 12 years jail sentences to the two convicted felons. However, we are becoming alarmed, that whilst we are making arrests, we continue to see an attack on the system on a daily basis. Every time we make an arrest on a perpetrator, there is an available substitute to take their place almost immediately. We now see the importance of having to get to the source of the problem, which squarely sits at the feet of the scrap dealers as well as the bucket shops within communities. Therefore we have to lobby to review the current legislation which will allow us that if scrap dealers are trading illegally and not following the prescripts of the law in terms of the Second-Hand Goods Act, that their assets can be confiscated, their business can be closed down, as well as owners be arrested and be brought in front of a court,’ said Metrorail Western Cape Regional Manager, Richard Walker.

‘We are pleased each week to see that the REU is able to make the necessary arrests, attend to the various complaints and most importantly to deter crime with their strong presence on the trains. Creating a safer travelling experience for the thousands of commuters who rely on this service daily remains a priority for the City. We are committed to restoring confidence in the urban rail service,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Alderman Felicity Purchase.

‘The REU is making significant strides in zeroing in on criminal activity within the rail network and continues to make use of data and intelligence in carrying out its operations and in apprehending criminals. In all enforcement activities, authorities rely heavily on the criminal justice system to effectively prosecute, convict and sentence criminals that have targeted the rail network and threatened the provision of safe and reliable passenger rail transportation for commuters. If we continue to working together in this way, it is clear that these criminals must not, and will not, succeed in their criminal endeavours and will face the full might of the law. I am encouraged by the progress that the REU continues to make on a daily basis and thank them for their continued dedication,’ said the Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works and Chairperson of the Rail Management Task Team, Donald Grant.

The public can assist the REU by reporting incidents of crime and vandalism, as this forms part of the intelligence that drives deployment and operations.

Illicit ands suspicious activity may be reported to any number listed below:
Metrorail Protection Services hot-line 021 449 4336/5056
RRPU Cape Town (platform 1) 021 443 4325
RRPU Bellville 021 941 6800
RRPU Philippi/Stock Road 021 370 1011
RRPU Retreat 021 710 5129
RRPU Radio Control/OPS room 021 449 4309/10
SAPS Crime Stop 0860 10111
Crime line SMS 32211
City of Cape Town Metals Theft Unit 0800 222 2771
Rewards of up to R25 000 are payable for information leading to successful conviction.