There were no Metrorail trains from Pretoria to Pienaarspoort on Friday morning after cables were stolen at the Loftus station.
Commuters will have to make use of alternative transport.
According to a statement from Metrorail Gauteng, the first empty train departing from the Pretoria station in the direction of Pienaarspoort had to turn back because of loose overhead cables that hung in the path of the train and made it impossible for the train to move past it.
Metrorail’s technical teams were already assessing the damage early in the morning and will repair it before noon.
“The management of Metrorail apologizes to the Pienaarspoort commuters for the inconvenience caused by this incident and calls on commuters to make use of alternative transport,” said Tony Games, acting spokesman for Metrorail Gauteng.
Jackie Moshe, provincial manager of Metrorail Gauteng, said they were deeply saddened by the malicious damage to the infrastructure and called on the public to stand against this type of crime.
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Technical team on the ground assessing the extend of the damage
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