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Metrorail trains torched in Cape Town

2012-03-15 10:02

Cape Town - A pregnant Metrorail employee was treated for smoke inhalation after three train carriages were torched in Khayelitsha, according to a report on Thursday.

The Cape Times reported that ticketing official Gwen Goluwe ran across a burning bridge to escape the fire at the Nolungile train station on Wednesday morning.

"We were sitting in the ticketing office when I started hearing people shouting, and then I smelt the smoke," she told the newspaper.

"Everyone in the office ran out. The smoke was everywhere, so we couldn't see anything. We ran from the bridge out of the station because I was so worried that the smoke could be bad for my baby."

She and another employee were treated by paramedics.

Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said no injuries were reported. It was not clear how the fire started.

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Comments
  • Roy - 2012-03-15 10:08

    "Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said no injuries were reported. It was not clear how the fire started." But the train is reported as having been "torched" ?!?

      Terry-Lee Heuer - 2012-03-15 10:53

      Mmmm News24 knows more about this than the sppkesperson!! Who 'torched' the trains cmon now News24 tell us??

      S - 2012-03-15 10:59

      SABC news last night said that no arson was suspected. Sensation-seeking reporting again.

      Hermann - 2012-03-15 13:05

      Sub-editors seem not to see what they read or else they do not understand what the read. What an insult to the journalists.

      William - 2012-03-15 13:38

      Spontaneous Internal Combustion

  • Paul - 2012-03-15 10:10

    "I was so worried that the smoke could be bad for my baby." Let alone the mass surrounding it!!

  • Martin - 2012-03-15 10:20

    the graffiti on those took time you flippin fire starters,,,, damnit

      Muneer23 - 2012-03-15 14:19

      LOL! WIN!

  • Denis - 2012-03-15 10:24

    How many coaches have been destroyed this past year and is the cost covered by insurance?

      Marion - 2012-03-15 10:48

      I would think that one can obtain insurance from those international insurance companies who deal with high risk insurance. But how many times must this happen before even they will not be prepared to insure? It is past time for other commuters to blow the whistle on these hooligans.

  • Malcolm - 2012-03-15 10:24

    This has to end, where are the arrests and the increased security?

  • Jaco - 2012-03-15 10:27

    “It was not clear how the fire started.” Ehm, that usually happens when you torch something. Question is why they torched it.

      Deon - 2012-03-15 12:41

      It has happened before when trains were late or too full or some people were on strike.

  • waltersmpowerfm - 2012-03-15 10:34

    Bring back the Railway Police.

      procold2 - 2012-03-15 11:00

      i am speaking under correction but i think they have, dont know how many persons have been deployed to that division

  • Sharon - 2012-03-15 11:01

    And now Metrorail will have to fork out millions to replace the burnt coaches instead of buying new ones to improve the service. Doesn't make sense, does it?

      mnbain - 2012-03-15 11:20

      Actually if the insurance payout is good, it might be to there benefit enabling them to replace ageing hardware at the cost of the insurance company.

      Rob - 2012-03-15 11:21

      Or spelling test ....waht = what.

  • Ever - 2012-03-15 11:14

    Wait for it. The loss of the carriages will have on effect on service, there will be fewer, more crowded trains, then protests about poor service, more trains get torched and the insanity continues......!!

      William - 2012-03-15 13:40

      Maybe when there are no trains left they will stop burning them?

      Marion - 2012-03-15 15:40

      Lol William. Sharp.

  • Ben - 2012-03-15 11:54

    Removing post again for no reason... no profanity. No racism. Why?

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-03-15 12:26

      Because they are effing morons

      Marion - 2012-03-15 15:42

      For the same reason that people get thumbs down on perfectly logical posts. Those are the a$%^&*les who click 'report comment' and I doubt whether News24 even reads the reported comments.

  • Joe - 2012-03-15 12:23

    If only we has a police force that gave a dam...!I think that the "let’s make the country ungovernable" mentality still exists...but it's not raciest, so it's ok..

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-15 12:28

    I'll never understand some things in SA. Why do our people: 1) Protest against high fares or late trains, and then they torch that selfsame train. Tomorrow they can't even make it to work because there's no train. 2. Protest against lack of public libraries by torching the only library available. Tomorrow there's no library. 3. SAMWU members protest against low wages, and then they trash the streets. Tomorrow they will have to clean up that mess. etc, etc

      Ben - 2012-03-15 13:00

      I said the exact same thing and my comment was removed...

      Stephen - 2012-03-15 16:12

      @Gcwabe, add this to the top of your list, Complain about service delivery, but go ahead and vote for the same party again.

  • Gerhard - 2012-03-15 12:45

    Want to find those responsible? Suspend the service completely until the community hand them over to the police.

      Warren Cowley - 2012-03-15 13:40

      And what about those who are not part of the 'community'? For alot of people it may be the only mode of transport.

  • Karabo Seleke - 2012-03-15 13:06

    I don't get the logic of these people. The trains are expensive, lets burn them down! The train's running late, lets burn it down! WTF?!?

      Grant Cloete - 2012-03-15 13:32

      These people live in such desperate areas. The little infrastructure that they do have to remain mobile... they burn. I don't understand the mentality these people have... Why should the DA even make the effort to build in these areas when it is likely it'll just be torched..

      Grant Cloete - 2012-03-15 13:37

      These people live in such desperate areas. The little infrastructure that they do have to remain mobile... they burn. I don't understand the mentality these people have... Why should the DA even make the effort to build in these areas when it is likely it'll just be torched..

      Karabo Seleke - 2012-03-15 15:00

      That's my point, they don't have much so why do they keep destroying everything? Now how are they gonna get to work? Taxi's cost more than trains.. I don't think they thought of the consequences.

  • helen.derobillard - 2012-03-15 13:23

    Shows the mentality of some people and then they still want to run the country.

      Stephen - 2012-03-15 16:12

      yeah, run it into the ground.

  • Rajesh - 2012-03-15 14:58

    Viva DA viva

  • Odwa Hani Hani - 2014-07-30 16:15

    What do u want people to do cause u dint make any plan to take us to our places ibought the ticket so that ican use train but nw its using me cz ipaid another one #poor# service

  • Odwa Hani Hani - 2014-07-30 16:15

    What do u want people to do cause u dint make any plan to take us to our places ibought the ticket so that ican use train but nw its using me cz ipaid another one #poor# service

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