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Two W Cape trains set alight

2011-12-09 22:44

Cape Town - Provincial police spokesperson November Filander said on Friday that two trains had been set alight in Pinelands and Langa in Cape Town.

The Pinelands train's engine had been set alight, while the seats of the Langa train were damaged.

Two trains, which had recently been set alight in Lansdowne and Harare, near Khayelitsha, also resulted in major damage.

The four acts of vandalism incurred damage of more than R10m.

"Since the strike [by security workers] started on November 29, we have opened 27 criminal cases," Filander said.

Police on Thursday afternoon arrested 14 striking security workers aboard a train at Kapteinsklip station, near Mitchells Plain, for intimidation and kidnapping.

Filander said the strikers allegedly intimidated four working security staff and forcefully removed them from the train.

According to Passenger Rail Agency of SA chief executive Lucky Montana, some employees managed to lock the strikers inside the train until police arrived.

"These arrests are but the first of many, as we intensify our grip around criminal activities within the Western Cape passenger rail services," he said.

"It is unacceptable that our staff and our commuters must travel in fear on our trains."

Montana said there had recently been a 30% increase in train vandalism in the Western Cape.

The 14 strikers were expected to appear in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate's Court on Monday.



Comments
  • Geronimo - 2011-12-09 22:54

    These despicable louts who waste tax payers money and disrupt public transport must be rooted out and locked up for a long time.

  • Mark - 2011-12-09 22:58

    Does the ANC know anything about this?

      Poloyatonki - 2011-12-10 08:02

      Why dont you just admit that Western cape is a mess, it needs to be under administration.

      Activity Bookings - 2011-12-10 08:07

      Poloy, you know that the Western Cape is not under anc rule right? No need for administration like in anc areas you need not to worry.

  • Pawel - 2011-12-10 01:46

    hahhahaah, what a joke...

  • raymond.kok3 - 2011-12-10 04:31

    The Azanian you are welcome to leave the western cape at with any means possible this is and will be the best province to live in ever. I wish you could do would do yourself a favour and drive through the the township and see the service that was already delvered and go compare it to any other province o dumb one.i helps nobody to set the train alight come monday there will be less trains , but its no use trying the convince you you are way too dumb to comprehend enjoy your sorrid world

  • Peter - 2011-12-10 06:28

    Declare train and bus services an essential service which will limit strike action to what service level agreements stipulate. Classify vandalising infrastructure as economic sabotage with corresponding penalties shored up by massive investigative capabilities. The response to such action should be swift, clear and harsh.

      Roy - 2011-12-10 06:58

      Peter do you for one minute think this would work. People who destroy property have no respect for any Law and therefore no respect for "essential services" and should they be caught nothing happens to them anyhow.

      Blip - 2011-12-10 07:42

      Simply terminate the services to these vandals and their community. Let them walk to where they need to go.

  • mike.clery - 2011-12-10 07:32

    The strike was specifically about improving the train service. So the way to do that is to destroy part of an already-limited infrastructure? We've got way past the point where vandalism like this, and cable theft, should be regarded as simple crimes. This IS sabotage, and borders on treason.

  • Phumezo - 2011-12-10 08:04

    I have said this and I will say it again that this country needs a ministry of internal affairs and would like to propose it to be run by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi or General Bantu Phatekile Holomisa. These are tried and tested individuals and are well recorded in the past for mantaining law and order! In this country of Mandela we can never be held hostage by unions or any other activist that feels that they cause warrants to disrupts the lives of other citizens it does not matter what the cause is!

  • Susanna - 2011-12-10 08:09

    Do not forget that China is providing us with new coaches etc, how many of the strikers and motives come from the East? SA has got the brains and workforce to have produced our own. Clearly we have the money as well, which we have tossed to the East instead of uplifting our own people.

  • Gail - 2011-12-10 10:53

    Maybe they were GreenPeace workers in disguise who were concerned about carbon emissions? LOL. If only they realised how counter productive these actions are and that they themselves will end up at the mercy of our dangerous taxi services. This in itself is karma which will bite them in the bum.

  • tracy.moller - 2011-12-11 15:02

    Only in SA do people cut off their noses to spite their faces. Idiots.

  • Jan - 2011-12-27 14:37

    Why do you need all this trouble ,the ANC runs the country they should keep there mnembers in place.But that happens when you said you would give and then you cant.But next election apartheid will be blammed for the trains not running on time.

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