DA condemns Tshwane train torching

2012-10-12 16:03

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance on Friday condemned the torching of trains in Tshwane.

DA Gauteng spokesperson Neil Campbell called on police to bring the attackers to book.

"If the perpetrators of the coach torching can be identified, they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."

Six coaches from two Metrorail trains were set alight in Kopanong and Akasia on Thursday night.

Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said the trains were carrying passengers, but all escaped unharmed. Mofokeng described the damage as "severe".


Several other coaches were vandalised.

The train service to and from Mabopane was disrupted and Metrorail advised commuters to use alternative transport.

Campbell said although the attack was unjustified, the DA believed it showed commuters were not satisfied with the Passenger Rail Agency of SA's (Prasa) service.

"The incidents highlight the anger being felt by commuters at the dismal performance of Prasa and its decrepit trains, outdated signalling, and its total inability to provide reliable, punctual, safe, and affordable public transport to commuters," Campbell said.

"They also highlight the lack of efficacy of the SA Police Service, which took over the function of the old railway police and on whose shoulders the responsibility to protect passengers and Prasa property now rests."

  • ChristelleJames - 2012-10-12 16:05

    How will we turn around this run-away train of violence?

      ChristelleJames - 2012-10-12 16:06

      And sorry - no pun intended.

      nicholas.graan - 2012-10-12 18:07

      Severe public floggings and long jail terms should help.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-12 19:05

      I will like to say something on behalf of real Africans and black people.These animals who have been striking violently and murdering innocent people are not blacks or Africans.African have their issues but they are n not savage like these animals.Take a look at the rest of Africa ,where do you see people striking violently like this?? Even in Zimbabwe with all their problems ,they are not this violent. Something is wrong with these people in South Africa as their action do not seem human.

      JAbu.R15 - 2012-10-12 19:36

      Leonardb1 you are racist ek se. you like make as if being white is being pure and holy and spotless. And why everything is always anc black and black? where does the anc come into these torched trains? and you know nothing about the pliight of black people so stop labelling them. yes it ws burned by black people, have you ever used a train? have you ever been late because of metrorail trains? have you ever experienced the services metrorail gives to black people? you know nothing about black people so next time you want to comment about them think twice. just keep you thoughts to yourself until you know the facts right.

      imam.madi.129 - 2012-10-12 19:43

      The country needs leaders to lead and enforce the good laws we have. At the moment we have vampires who contribute nothing but suck the nation dry. They fight and kill each other for power because the bigger the power the longer the vampire teeth to suck some more. Not even garlic or hail Mary will save us from the Draculas. Either we all handover our necks they suck us dry or we just say enough with the suckers and revolt without burning the little we have, or killing the few left with brains. Good luck with that.

      johand.dutoit - 2012-10-12 21:56

      JAbu.R15- The trains are run by Metrorail which is Government owned which is the ANC and incidentally is black! They are also responsible for the safety of ALL people in the NRSA by using the police to curb violence and prevent crime! That is maybe the answer to your burning question!

      adriaan.delange.94 - 2012-10-13 03:59

      Only way is, if they want to damage the equipment given to them to travel with, don't repair it and sell it for scrap metal. Why must the taxpayers pay for the damages? they will soon find out that they will die of hunger because they can not get to work. Zimbabwe is the place for this people who has got no control of their own lives. I wonder if they damage the equipment in their own property also.

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-12 16:24

    The train was late yesterday, but do not worry baba, i bernt it and today they will send a new train on time.....

      JHLR73 - 2012-10-12 16:35

      Typical the mentality of these people. Let's burn the train, but tomorrow they will wait for the same train to take them to work or home. Is south Africa ever going to move forward? I seriously starting to doubt it

      lydia.benkenstein - 2012-10-13 14:09

      yebo hes Henk, I fully agree with you!!

  • Annelize Grobler - 2012-10-12 16:47

    and if the police act just a bit 'aggresive' they dont know how to handle uproared crowds ???? they are scared to and should have alot more power....

  • hendrikvs - 2012-10-12 17:04

    Lawless country as they follow the example set by the leaders of the country!

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-10-12 17:05

    Torching is nt a solution,lock thm forever n bring de keys to me

      herman.booysen2 - 2012-10-12 18:46

      Eric for President !

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-10-12 17:31

    Can anyone explain why so many African people are so hell bent on destruction and senseless killing?There just seems to be a shocking lack of intellect and sadly these fools all have the vote!

      david.makola.3 - 2012-10-12 19:25

      Tim, if you took time to understand the history of the country you would know where all the intelligence went. Black pepole know only one way to resolve conflict...war. People will continue fighging until the poor are treated with courtesy. Let me enlihhten you, my mother got home at three in the morning from work because of these damn train, not the first time. Why? Because she is poor and without alternative transport means. Imagine what will happen if Gautrain was just like Metrorail. Yeah right, we will declare a state of emergency and probably even compesate commuters. Why? Cause money talks...

      JAbu.R15 - 2012-10-12 19:40

      these fools vote for what they believe in and what they do is visible to all unlike some so called wise guys who do things behind the scene and cry foul when it is done!

      smalefane - 2012-10-12 20:07

      Tim- don't sugar coat it, just say black people. And you speak as if your kind is any better.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-10-12 17:47

    IFP condemns Tshwane train torching

  • willie.dique - 2012-10-12 17:48

    Idiots...where is the discipline in our country? Don't the people care about assets?

  • dennis.craig.7 - 2012-10-12 18:03

    Arson is a crime that should be met with gun fire

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-10-12 18:08

    Where the hell is Tshwane??

      adriaan.delange.94 - 2012-10-13 04:04


  • Partiboy - 2012-10-12 18:09

    We want it, we want it. O well if we can't have it then we might as well destroy it!!!

  • clive.kihn - 2012-10-12 18:28

    Has the ANC condemned this primitive and barbaric act? Never mind, taxpayers will buy us another one, which we will also torch if it's late.

  • papi.benra - 2012-10-12 18:56

    they burned the trains n the following morning they go to the station to catch a train.nw u tel me which train do they wnt to catch cuz they destroyed the1 they wer supposed to catch?metrorail dd the ryt thing by suspending all train services to mabopane.this commuters behave as if they dnt need this trains.nw lets see if they'l survive.

  • JAbu.R15 - 2012-10-12 19:26

    News 24 is full of RACISTS morons. No wonder our country goes back and forth. You people like to label people, this sounds so black. as if you are some holy angel yourslef. you think being white is a previlage or it means you are more clean than the rest of us. and for your information we all have same blood, ours is not green and its not animal blood. I think now I finally start to understand why malema keeps on insulting you all. you are not worth the respect you get!!! if you are not happy with south africa why dont you come back from where your grand fathers came then and leave us as blacks only?

      herman.booysen2 - 2012-10-12 19:53

      Ok we will leave you as the bl.... moron you are ! - 2012-10-12 22:20

      Because if all the whites left, the country would be a desolate wasteland within 5 years. Then the whites overseas would again have to support you when you blamed apartheid and brought out the begging bowl.

      dan.ledwaba.5 - 2012-10-12 23:39

      JAbu, it seems that you like the way things are going in this country and anyone voicing their disgust must go back the where they came from. Well, according to your view, I must also disappear because I also don't like what is happening. If your wish should be granted, only the arsonists, rapists, liars, murderers, etc. will be left. It cost lawabiding citizens alot of money to stay on the right side of the law, i.e. paying taxes, tv licence, rates etc. They (every lawabiding citizen) don't like to see this type of behaviour from ANYONE (any citizen of SA) because they know its going to cost them down the line, i.e higher income tax, food prices, taxi fare. Nobody likes violence because it leads to death and distruction. The problem we have in SA is that EVERYBODY generalize, not just a specific group.

      adriaan.delange.94 - 2012-10-13 04:07

      The racism just turned around when the ANC(CNA) came in charge of this once free country. Now it belongs to rasist and corrupt leaders!

  • brendan.vogt.1 - 2012-10-13 09:43

    "The African Way, If Shes Late Burn It !!!!!!! "

  • gauchet1 - 2012-10-13 11:00

    These animals have lost the last bit of complaining rights for services not rendered.

  • anakin.skyvader.9 - 2012-10-13 11:40

    If it doesn't 'WEK' it must be now they have fewer coaches on the same service line, which means slower service, leading to more 'breaking and burning' of the resources - until there are NO trains left. What then? Eish...

  • lydia.benkenstein - 2012-10-13 14:08

    Ai ai, if I dont get what i waaant, I just burn, loot, kill and destroy!!!

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