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metrorail thumb medium90 92ANA reports that Metrorail’s train service running between Pretoria and Johannesburg was disrupted on Wednesday due to overhead catenary wires being cut and stolen at Irene from both the up and down lines.  

Goodman Matampi, acting provincial manager of Gauteng Metrorail, said trains to and from Pretoria could not move past the affected area until technicians replaced the stolen cable.  "It is now the second day in a row that thousands of commuters' travelling experience is affected due to cable theft in this corridor.  Of great concern is the fact that the criminals are now targeting both lines to make sure the railway system is paralyzed for peak period operation," Matampi said.  He called on local government and law enforcement agencies “to help us tighten all efforts in fighting this criminality which may soon lead to the collapse of the railway services and negatively affect the economy of the province."

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