Khayelitsha trains delayed

2012-01-31 15:00

Cape Town - Metrorail trains running through Khayelitsha in the Western Cape would be delayed on Tuesday because of vandalism, the company said.

"We are still busy trying to repair Khayelitsha section, but the rest of the network [in Cape Town] is running as normal," regional manager Lindelo Matya said.

He said vandals burnt wiring boxes leading to the tracks at 03:00 on Monday, meaning new equipment had to be ordered.

"We suspect it was an organised attack by a group of disgruntled security officers who were fired in December."

Matya said Metrorail got an interim interdict against 367 contracted security guards after they went on an illegal strike in November and vandalised property.

The interdict was expected to be made permanent by the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday, following which all of their names would be published.

At least 120 acts of vandalism had taken place in the Khayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain areas since November.

Metrorail regional spokesperson Riana Scott said repairs to the network could take between several days and several weeks.


"Due to the age of the infrastructure some components have to be custom-built," she said.

Cosatu in the Western Cape expressed outrage on Tuesday at the delays.

"These delays are in part because of the lack of sufficient train sets, as well as the damage done to the train sets by some disgruntled employees," spokesperson Tony Ehrenreich said.

"Cosatu calls on the workers to stop damaging the trains and to instead take up their grievances through an engagement with the company."

Ehrenreich condemned companies that deducted money from workers arriving late because of train delays.

"It is apartheid that had placed workers so far from their work places... the bosses have benefited from apartheid and the least they can do now because of this apartheid construct, is not prejudice workers for the late arrivals."

Metrorail would operate a temporary bus service in the area during peak time until the network was restored.

  • Ken - 2012-01-31 15:19

    every act of destruction must result in cancellation of services for 1 week. Make it a community problem. No vandalism = good service

  • Shirley - 2012-01-31 15:25

    Ehrenreich get over yourself! How much more cr@p are you going to blame on apartheid??? Apartheid is long gone-nothing is preventing them from moving closer!

      yolande.louw1 - 2012-02-07 12:57

      did anyone blame aparheid? and when you say them who are you reffering to

  • Trevor - 2012-01-31 15:39

    This is an ongoing hassle. At least twice a week for the past few months we have had the exact same excuse for no/delayed trains from people trying to earn a living. If Metro Rail cannot secure their own system then they should contract out to a group who do so or contract the entire rail system out to people who know how to run a commuter service. Lindelo, the past is exactly that: "the past" fix it now instead of blaming it on history! That is called a simple little bit of evolution. If you cannot control daily occurrences of vandalism then get someone who can. What a sorry excuse of transport you are!

  • NrGx - 2012-01-31 15:56

    "Due to the age of the infrastructure some components have to be custom-built," she said. so why not do a cost analysis and Im sure any educated person will find that in the long, upgrading the infrastructure now will be a lot cheaper than having custom built parts till it completely collapses, THEN YOU STILL HAVE TO UPGRADE. The mentality of the cadres boggles the mind.

      spookhuis - 2012-01-31 16:44

      They still gonna steal it, no matter what. "They" do not consider their fellow beings.

  • mandy.plaatjie - 2012-02-01 10:08

    Iam so annoyed with metrorail.i travel from cape town to Retreat everyday and the trains are always delayed or they stop in the middle of no were.metrorail should have intercoms inside at list nitify us of the problem.Iam a black lady so please Mr Matya do not blame apartheid for your stupidity...there are aslo security guards but we get robbed everyday,people smokin dagga inside the carragies.i buy 1st class ticket but sometimes i cant even get a seat because of most people that occupy them have 3rd class tickets.Iam appoled by Metrorail&their incopetent staff.we stand in the long quees for tickets while the staff is busy gossiping,eating&drinking coffee.they dont even have a way of talking to customers they are very rude.All I ask is for good service for what iam paying for.

      Senene - 2012-02-07 14:01

      1st class and 2nd class are the same accept that 1st class the are chairs with coushin soo just by 2nd class dear. awukho umahluko tu sana

  • dcvanzyl - 2012-02-02 17:47

    Ehrenreich se moer. Kom run jy 'n besigheid! Dis al 18jaar later! Blame als op die verlede! Jou lamsakkige gat! The bosses have benefited??? Ek is nou 'n boss en ek was 6jaar oud in apartheid. Jy is 'n pateet.

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