The South African railway industry had already been embattled prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, which subsequently exacerbated the industry’s security challenges and led to an increase of 240% in security-related incidents during 2020, Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) chairperson Boy Nobunga said on October 20. “We have seen a significant increase in security-related vandalism and theft of infrastructure, which feeds into the overall performance of the sector,” he commented.