Cape Town train station update: 3 carriages set alight

2016-04-15 17:21
(Image: Adiel Ismail)

(Image: Adiel Ismail)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

'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 – Friday evening saw three carriages set alight at Cape Town station causing clouds of smoke to rise out of the station.

Earlier the Metrorail in Cape Town said that commuters should expect a delay of up to an hour following acts of vandalism on Friday.

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

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

"This morning's incidents of deliberate destruction follows in the wake of last Saturday's fire where two adjoining trains were set alight at platforms 11 and 12 at Cape Town station," Metrorail said in a statement.

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

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

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

Some users took to Twitter to give updates on what was happening:

Read more on:    metrorail  |  cape town  |  crime  |  transport

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.