Torching of Cape Town trains must be probed for sabotage - Sanco

2016-04-16 18:34
Three Metrorail train carriages were gutted by a fire at Nolungile Station in Site C, Khayelitsha, Cape Town, affecting train travel in the city. The cause of the fire is being investigated. (Lulama Zenzile, Die Burger)

Three Metrorail train carriages were gutted by a fire at Nolungile Station in Site C, Khayelitsha, Cape Town, affecting train travel in the city. The cause of the fire is being investigated. (Lulama Zenzile, Die Burger)

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'Implicated' individuals are the ones attacking state assets - Metrorail

2016-04-15 15:18

Another Metrorail train in Cape Town was set alight, this time in Kraaifontein. Metrorail Regional Manager Richard Walker joined us in studio to shed light on the recent acts of vandalism on the service, and the ongoing battle with disgruntled employees. Watch. WATCH

Cape Town – The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) on Saturday urged authorities to probe possible acts of sabotage after three train carriages were torched at the Esplanade Station near Cape Town.  

"The arson, including acts of vandalism and cable theft, inconveniences and hits the poor who cannot afford alternative public transport the hardest," spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu said in a statement.

"It is critical for Metrorail to improve communication and security of its trains. In case of delays, there must be an indication of what the problem is and how long it is going to take to fix it."

Mahlangu said it had been alleged that part of the reason trains had been severely delayed at Cape Town Station was because train drivers feared for their lives.

On Friday evening, three carriages were set alight at the station, causing clouds of smoke to billow from the building.

That morning, a train was set alight, while another four carriages were destroyed by a fire in Kraaifontein's staging yard.

Metrorail warned commuters to expect a delay of up to an hour following the vandalism.  

The delays mainly affected the northern line, and commuters were asked to make use of alternative transport.

Metrorail regional manager Richard Walker expressed his unhappiness with the vandalism, saying criminals were disrupting "innocent people's only means of transport".

The vandalism included cable theft at Salt River, and an apparatus case that was set alight at Philippi.

The incident caused northern trains to be re-routed via Ysterplaat–Mutual and central trains to terminate at Philippi.


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