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Bontas man killed on railway signalling cable

Another man has been electrocuted while allegedly attempting to steal cables at Bonteheuwel train station.

The 52-year-old man’s body was discovered in the early hours of Thursday 19 March.

According to a witness who asked to remain anonymous, he came across the man’s body as he was on his way to work.

“It looks like he was trying to steal cables. There’s no other reason why someone would be stuck on cables. It’s clear he had something in mind, but things never went as planned. This is also not the first time someone gets electrocuted in Bonteheuwel,” says the man.

According to Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott a police investigation is still under way.

Provincial police spokesperson Mihlali Majikela says an inquest docket has been opened.

“The body of a 52-year-old man was discovered on Thursday 19 March at approximately 04:30 at a railway station in Assegaai Street, Bonteheuwel. The circumstances surrounding this incident are being investigated.”

Law enforcement spokesperson Wayne Dyason says on Wednesday 18 March at about 10:00, officers were driving down Netreg Way in Netreg when they noticed two men attempting to steal roof sheeting and trusses from Netreg train station. “The officers moved in quickly and arrested the duo who were detained at Bishop Lavis police station.

On 12 February a 27-year-old man was electrocuted while allegedly trying to cut railway cables at Bonteheuwel station.

In a previous interview, Scott said factors which contribute to cable theft include vagrancy, drug abuse, unemployment and illegal electrical connections. “None of these are Prasa or Metrorail issues, yet they a have significant impact on the train service. Until these issues are adequately resolved by the appropriate agencies, no security strategy or resources will be totally effective. We collaborate and share resources in a united fight against the scourge of crime, gangsterism and damage to essential infrastructure.

Scott has also emphasised the dangers of cable theft. “Traction energy is more potent than domestic energy,” she said. This means that an electricity grid for the supply of electrified rail networks can do more harm than domestic energy which is used in the home.

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