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metrorail thumb medium90 92News24Wire reports that train commuters who use Cape Town's central line are still without rail services as continued fears over cable theft, safety and subsequent repairs have hindered Metrorail's services.  

For the last month, commuters from areas such as Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain have been forced to make use of alternative transportation.  Metrorail's central line has been suspended since the first week of November.  Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said on Thursday that constant cable theft and other employee safety concerns have made it difficult to secure the problematic areas.  "The services are suspended indefinitely until an interim strategy - to secure the area and employees sufficiently to enable repairs and maintenance work - is implemented," Scott indicated.  She went on to say:  "Work will only be able to start once these interventions have been implemented.  Immediate and constant theft of cable make the rate of repairs unsustainable which could result in fruitless and wasteful expenditure."  Last month, the rail service in Cape Town was badly hit when 18 train carriages were destroyed in a suspected act of arson.  Two teens have since been arrested in connection with the incident.

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