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Suspected cable thief electrocuted along Cape Town’s railway line

He was found still hanging on the cross bar at the Philippi railway service

A suspected cable thief was electrocuted on Cape Town’s railway line between Nyanga and Philippi on Friday, police have said.

The man – whose identity is yet to be established – “was electrocuted while lying on the cross bar frame busy cutting overhead cables of the railway line”, Cape Town’s police spokesperson Siyabonga Malo said.

“He was found still hanging on the cross bar at the Philippi railway service,” said Malo.

Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott confirmed that the body had been found, saying they were still waiting for a full report from law enforcement officials.

Police have opened an inquest docket.

Cable theft is a form of vandalism that not only causes damage to property, but is also most felt through the delay it causes to the rail service.

Earlier this year, a Bonteheuwel teen dubbed Spiderman made headlines for stealing railway cable and there was a wide spread appeal for the cops nab him.

The teenager had been climbing up dangerous electricity pylons where he brazenly cut and stole the cables on the railway tracks.

More: News 24

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