Train coaches set alight in Cape Town

2012-02-10 20:00

Cape Town - Three train coaches were set alight in Kuils River in Cape Town, Metrorail said on Friday.

Regional manager Lindelo Matya said one coach was completely destroyed while two were extensively damaged.

The fire started around 11:00 on Thursday. No injuries were reported.

Matya said arson was suspected. The damage was likely to run into several million rand.

Eight coaches had been burnt in the past six months.

"The loss [of the three coaches] further reduces our capacity to serve customers on a very busy route.

Our customers suffer the consequences of irresponsible, cowardly acts," he said.

Metrorail has offered a reward of up to R25 000 for information leading to a successful conviction.

  • ISO - 2012-02-10 20:09

    Hello Africa tell me how you doing!

  • Scouter - 2012-02-10 21:09

    And JZ focused on the need for future investment in infrastructure yesterday ..... spend with one hand and destroy with the other. A novel way of providing employment I suppose.

  • nspaynter - 2012-02-10 21:28

    I have been using Metrorail of late and I am shocked at the service that is given at present. At Bellville station on Tues evening: Two trains announced as CANCELLED. Others running late. And the trains are dreadfully overcrowded. No wonder commuters are angry. I do not agree with damaging property, but really, the service offered is shocking. And the trains haven't been washed in years....... There is so much grime on the windows that you can't even see through them. ISO says "Hello Africa tell me how you doing! " Why does it have to be like this?

      Heinrich - 2012-02-10 22:22

      Because the concept of Public Transport is too "Imperialist", yet Taxi's aren't....

      Sean - 2012-02-11 01:26

      Keep on burning the trains, then wonder why the rest of the un-damaged fleet can't keep up with the time-table........... I think you need to look in the mirror!?

      Marion - 2012-02-11 08:52

      When I commuted by train between Springs and Johannesburg many decades back trains were often cancelled, or running late due to some problem. We never resorted to burning the trains to show our anger - and we were angry, make no mistake. We simply put up with the inconvenience because it was our only mode of transport to and from work. The trains were, however, clean.

  • Irene - 2012-02-10 21:43

    Oh dear, were the trains late? Ignorant savages!

  • bernpm - 2012-02-10 22:05

    communities calling for better transport............then setting it back in their protest actions???????????????????????????????

  • Sharon - 2012-02-10 22:07

    If we live in a country where burning things is regarded as a solution, we are in serious trouble indeed.

      Pawel - 2012-02-11 01:00

      hmm, perhaps we should start burning taxis....

      jaap.kotze - 2012-02-11 14:38

      @ Sharon. Sadly we do. Watch and read the news. To burn and destroy things have a strange fascination for these people. They just love it to see things burn!!

  • Pawel - 2012-02-11 00:58

    What idiots, cancel all trains and let them walk...

  • Sean - 2012-02-11 01:20

    I'm sorry to even think of this, but my instinct is telling me that when these people don't get their way they jst resort to setting things alight and my concern isx that the Gautrain will not be exempted from this barbarric trend! I suggst that if security by police is not on alert these trains will be next. I say police because history has proven that the so-called security usuallyh ared involved in incidents like these anyway! Already bus drivers are striking and they haven't even started working for a few months yet. These cowards as stated in this article don't realise that they are cutting off their noses to spite their faces after all they are the ones who are reliant on these forms of transport! There is not only a huge monetary loss, but it takes a long time to get these trains/coaches replaced. These cowardly thugs also don't care a sh1t about all the breadwinners who are innocently trying to get their place of work to feed their families! Not all travellers are in the same basket, but are pressurised to be so and are threatened if they pose any resistance to these cowardly acts. This government seems to have no care at all and allow thugs to rule this country the way they do! The thugs do what they do because they know that they are "un-touchable" Tis time that this government reclaims this country from the criminals before it is totally out of control and too late!!!

      Piston - 2012-02-11 08:18

      lol...more than half the Gov are already criminals......JZ the chief locust waiting on his day in court...

  • Olivia - 2012-02-11 10:10

    This country has too many savage minded people!

  • Gail - 2012-02-11 15:21

    Yup - more taxi deaths because very expensive infrastructure has been destroyed by people with a vested interest to exploit their own people. And the carnage on the roads and the pressure on the Healthcare system carries on unabated and unaddressed in the State of the Nation address. I weep for the future victims of taxi accidents as a result of actions such as this as well as for families left without a breadwinner killed in another taxi accident.

  • Tammy - 2012-02-13 11:21

    welcome to africa

  • Deidré Thomas - 2012-02-14 06:17

    It is sad to hear that some commuters resorted to vandalism as resolution for the on going problems we experience with the service provider. However; Let's point out the facts to all and sundry: Trains are rarely on time in fact 80% are late. Most days you are squashed in trains filled to capacity because people need to get to work on time! This is not Japan where they give you a slip to say it was their fault you were late, no, all they do is apologize for the inconvenience caused! As paying commuters we have the to hold them accountable in a responsible manner!

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