Two trains set alight in Mabopane

2012-10-12 08:27

Johannesburg - Two Metrorail trains have been set alight in Mabopane, the company said on Friday.

Five coaches carrying passengers caught fire at Kopanong station while in Akasia only one coach was burnt down at 22:00 on Thursday. Both trains were enroute to Mabopane from Koedoespoort , Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said.

Mofokeng said the cause of the fire was unknown. Several other coaches were however vandalised. No injuries had been reported.

She said they were not able to assess the extent of the damage because of the rain, but it seemed severe.

Commuters were advised to organise alternative transport as the services in the Mabopane corridor were shut down until further notice.

"It will be impossible to operate trains in this corridor due to the severe nature of the damage of these trains and the electrical overhead cables...commuters are advised to make their own transport arrangements...," Gauteng Metrorail manager Tembela Kulu said.

  • richy.rex.77 - 2012-10-12 08:39

    We don't talk we set alight,the metrorail staff is saying. Interpretation"we want 12500 salary.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-12 08:58

      How to explain those idiots that if they burn all the trains down there will be no source of income to generate their 12500.

      zip.reeper - 2012-10-12 10:44

      it's nice to see these people show a bit of initiative, burning down train coaches. way to go, boys!

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-10-12 11:30

      Let the f^$5@#s walk from now on.

  • tshepo.thinane.9 - 2012-10-12 08:47

    Prasa does not want to improve its services. I am train user for more than 15 years. Metro trains loses schedule once it RAINS.So during the regime everything was running well as they used to bring in diesel engines to fery the commuters to and from work. PRASA COME TO SENSES

      p.borchard - 2012-10-12 08:54

      "Metro trains loses schedule once it RAINS" And when you set the trains alight, THE SCHEDULE IS THE LAST OF YOUR WORRIES! Please explain to me how arson is supposed to help ANYONE?

      khutso.b - 2012-10-12 09:20

      does burning the train mean more improvements to its services? or it simply means more skool kids/ workers who depend on trains will have to fork out more to get an alternative transport?

  • nishan.sitlu - 2012-10-12 08:48

    WTF???? Firstly these people dont pay taxes and want everything free. then they vandalize and damage private and public property. Where do they think all the money comes from to pay for all of that? They clearly do not contribute towards it!!! So what gives them the right to demand??

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-10-12 08:51

      There is no sense of value of money in this country.

      Fox Trixter - 2012-10-12 08:55

      who does not pay tax? what a dumb statement! which kind of tax? VAT? Income Tax? Property Tax? stupid!

      tshepoya.bamagoro - 2012-10-12 09:01

      The question is, Do You?

  • Mpotsiseng - 2012-10-12 08:49

    Who are they gonna blame now?? My black people's logic boggles me sometimes... Now they cant get to work?

      joanita.hilton - 2012-10-12 09:27

      Mpotsiseng, I agree! Now it will become other people's issue coz commuting between work and home seized, not because of government not making facilites available, but because of barbaric acts such as this

      customdesign - 2012-10-12 09:46

      It's a minor few that cause trouble for everyone. The community should weed out these "perpa-traitors"

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-12 08:51

    Burn the country then we will burn you ..savages!!!

  • LanfearM - 2012-10-12 08:54

    Yes, burn down the train because it is late, then tomorrow there will be NO train at all! Stupid vandalist idiots!

  • tshepoya.bamagoro - 2012-10-12 09:01

    where are we gonna end up blaming people? Some people who were in that train boarded the train around 15h00pm yesterday @ Silverton station and the train was burned @ around 22h00 while they were still in the same train? people bought train tickets to get to their homes ealier and not for the train to just stop in the middle of no where.

      joanita.hilton - 2012-10-12 09:25

      Mechanical breakdowns obviously don't happen in your world, and because of the delay, the pepertrators felt it a good enough reason to burn it eh? Now the train won't be delayed, it ain't operating AT ALL! Stop justifying unacceptable barbaric behaviour.

  • nhlapop - 2012-10-12 09:09

    I dont know why people destroy properties in order to get what they want. We always blame government for lack of delivery service. When they do, we destroy them. We have a right to strike but not to destroy and vandalise properties. Lets all remember where we come from and why the youth of 1970's were fighting and died for. Its so sad to see black people destroy what benefit them, those trains are used by 99.9% of black people, and tomorrow we going to complain about lack of public transport.

      joanita.hilton - 2012-10-12 09:22


  • joanita.hilton - 2012-10-12 09:20

    Typical! Breakdown instead of build up, its wasn't earned to start with, so why would they worry about looking after anything... NO surprise here. Won't plant a tree, but sure as hell will chop it down for firewood.. Won't pick up litter, but again, will eat that lunchbox chicken to the bone and dump all leftovers right where it was eaten. So why would transport or any public facilities be treated any different?... The sense of entitlement and demands are sickening.

  • khutso.b - 2012-10-12 09:23

    burning trains doesn't help only hits hard on people who uses the trains regularly, now they have to pay more to get an alternative transport... how stupid

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-10-12 09:37

      But how do you explain this to the people. I maintain, it is not stupidity, it's herd/mob mentality.

  • Small.Mbongwa - 2012-10-12 09:24

    I think the honest fact is that if you are a train user for the past 15yrs the train services have failed to improve>Prasa has for a long time failed to implement the turnaround strategy for this mode of transport yet it is the most used mode of transport>People are angry and that's the outcome of people who have for the past 18yrs been complaining about the state of train services in this country>and do you really think this is going to end? NO coz people are angry>Likewise service delivery protest they bound to run violent and its not a matter of using right channels to voice concerns ITS BEING IGNORED FOR OVER 10YRS THAT MAKE PEOPLE TO TURN VIOLENT> PERIOD>

  • greg.quinn.353 - 2012-10-12 09:33

    And when there are no trains left to burn, then you'll start protesting about it and toy-toying in the street.

  • thethird.wors - 2012-10-12 09:41

    What a destructive bunch we have in this country.

  • lulama - 2012-10-12 09:43

    Ayi Blacks...sometimes I am ashamed to be part of you. What will burning trains solve.

      customdesign - 2012-10-12 09:47

      A few rotten apples

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-12 11:08

    this mentality is what is keeping SA from moving into the future - toot toot !

  • phathuchicos - 2012-10-12 11:16

    Good maybe we'll get some of those newly bought coaches on PTA-Soshanguve route...its not vandalism its reckless drivers, poor signaling and dis-functional koedoespoort maintenance workshop thats resulting in this kinds of chaos on this route...last year two trains collided on this route near Rosslyn car plants. This two trains caught fire in the middle of nowhere between Pretoria and Mabopane where there are no inhabitants or factories...

  • phathuchicos - 2012-10-12 11:21

    A black man is always the first suspect...why people? Let the investigation commence and then you'll vomit you inner vile towards blacks.

  • semakaleng.thulare - 2012-10-12 13:19

    I used to stay in that side of Gauteng, I left because drivers there are all the same. It is not difficult to figure why there so many accidents on Mabopane highway, they just drive and speed to them is fun.

  • jan.plank.35 - 2012-10-12 13:39

    If the passengers set the fires, withdraw trains and let them walk.

  • rupert.magande - 2012-10-12 20:50

    what i cant understand is why there are no arrests made each time a train or bus is burnt by commuters , this is the third or forth time in as many months that angry commuters have set alight a train . its actually mind boggling, you burn a train today because its late , tommorow you still want to go to work , so what are you going to use . I think South Africa is the only country in Africa if not in the whole world where this happens .

  • leboganggodfrey.mabena - 2012-10-15 12:24

    people r useless out w r sufaring with transprt nw,i dnt hv mney 2 go 2 wrk so wht cnt w do,izet true dat w hv 2 w8t until 3months?

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