Another train torched

2017-06-22 06:00
Police combed the scene at Nyanga Junction on Monday night.wordsPhoto: Lulekwa Mbadamane

Police combed the scene at Nyanga Junction on Monday night.wordsPhoto: Lulekwa Mbadamane

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Frustrated train commuters set yet another train alight on Monday night, gutting two carriages at Nyanga Junction.

Angry customers said lengthy delays sparked the outrage.

“We experienced huge delays on all routes. The train kept stopping every second and we reached our destination late,” said one passenger.

“On top of that, no one bothered to tell us the cause of the delays.

“This is a clear indication that they don’t care a damn about us.

“This will force them to take us seriously.”

The torching of a train resulted in further delays.

Nontembiso Makula said she was supposed to report for duty at 7pm.

“It’s 7.30pm now and I have been sitting here since 6pm.

“I’m worried that I am going to lose my job.

“There’s no sign of a train coming and I don’t know how I will get to work tonight.”

Another commuter added: “All hell broke loose when the train didn’t reach Philippi Station.

“Without giving notice, the train returned to Nyanga kasi with the passengers. This made them very angry.

“It was bitterly cold and people badly wanted to get home.

“Metrorail must respect its passengers and not take them for granted. If there are unforeseen delays, they must let us know,” he said.

Golden Arrow buses came to the rescue and transported all the stranded train commuters who had weekly and monthly tickets.

Metrorail spokeswoman Riana Scott said two carriages were burnt.

“It’s too early to tell whether the incident was caused by arsonists,” she said.

) Last week, two Metrorail trains were set alight and shops looted at Cape Town Station after commuters went on the rampage to express their anger over delays.

Angry commuters clashed with the police who had to use stun grenades to disperse the crowd.

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