5 arrested for setting trains on fire

2012-03-02 10:33

Johannesburg - Five people have been arrested in connection with fires on train carriages in and around Johannesburg, the city's emergency services said late on Thursday.

The five were Metrorail employees, spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said.

Police could not immediately confirm this.

Three train carriages were set on fire at the Orlando East railway station in Soweto on Thursday night, Mulaudzi said.

"They are well alight. We are busy fighting the fire," he said shortly after 22:00.

On Wednesday night three train carriages were set on fire at the New Canada railway station in Soweto, and another two in Braamfontein, allegedly by strikers. Nobody was injured.

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  • Shirley - 2012-03-02 10:37

    Just lock these thugs up and throw away the key! They are stealing food from the masses trying to get to work. Punishment for this behavior is FAR too leniant!

  • Estelle - 2012-03-02 10:44

    Morons! Its typical. I'm unhappy with my exams, I'm going to burn my university down. I'm unhappy with the toilets I received, I'm going to destroy it. I'm unhappy about the trains, I'm going to burn it. I'm unhappy with my pay, I'm going to strike until the company goes down. This country will never go forward unless people stop acting out.

      eserfontein - 2012-03-02 10:54

      it's crazy how they think completely destroying something would somehow make things all better then it was before.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-02 11:50

      In the Northern Cape pupils vandalised the school because a teacher was reinstated... Bush mentality.. Then they'll moan because they have no resources to pass matric.

  • kseyffert - 2012-03-02 11:17

    Charge the damages to their unions. Only when the unions are accountable will they hold their members to account. This nonsense of destroying property during a strike has to stop!!!

  • elphaas.mgiba - 2012-03-02 11:20

    Who makes you angry Lucky so burn him and leave the trains alone!

  • Steve - 2012-03-02 15:06

    My flight is delayed. Let's burn the airplane. Bunch of a***holes.

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