Vandalism cripples Metrorail services

2011-07-21 08:04

Cape Town - Vandalism continues to cripple Metrorail services, causing more than 6 000 train delays this year, the Cape Times reported on Thursday.

Regional manager for Metrorail in the Western Cape Lindelo Matya said R5.5m had been spent in the last six months repairing vandalised trains and equipment.

"We acknowledge that the service we are rendering is not at a comfortable level. The main issue that bedevils us is vandalism," he said.

"We have been accused of cutting costs but that is far from the truth. Vandalism is costing us and we are not going to sit back. Last week, 11 people were arrested for theft and vandalism."

In the past six months vandalism had caused 289 trains trips to be cancelled, leaving thousands of commuters stranded.

Those cancellations were due to damage on trains. Damage and theft of rail equipment had resulted in 6 489 train delays in the past six months.

Matya said Metrorail would also boost security services where trains were parked at night. He said this was where most incidents of vandalism and theft occurred.

Despite the problems, Matya said the number of commuters continued to increase. In the past year, the number of passenger journeys increased from 36m to 42m.

"This increases the pressure on trains but it tells us that we need to speed up increasing the capacity of our services."

  • subtle59 - 2011-07-21 08:19

    But throwing stones cant be considered vandalism? Its fun and free.

      Warren Pridgeon - 2011-07-21 09:20

      where do you stay? I'd like to throw some stones around :P

      Jacques Claasens - 2011-07-21 09:27

      @subtle59 That's a good one, but I must say Warren's comeback was even better!

  • charles - 2011-07-21 08:24

    What can you suspect when thousands of 'unlawful' guests and expats from Africa come to Cape Town to share in the land of milk and honey or is it the land of Zuma and Malema......

      dotty_01 - 2011-07-21 09:40

      charles, are you blaming the foreigners? WTF????? we have a very colourful and vast selection of locals who do things like this all the time. How very convenient for you to blame the nameless illegals! i have never heard such garbage in my life.

      Mugabe - 2011-07-21 11:46

      news24 is full of racist coloureds...they enjoy wen backs and whites are posting racist comments but if you put coloureds they delete yor post

  • SirMark - 2011-07-21 08:38

    must be all the retards in the ANCYL that are trying to cause problems for the Western Cape , jealously makes you nasty ...

  • Rishab Goonoa - 2011-07-21 08:38

    It may not be the best service... but which other province uses the trains as much as the Western Cape. You gotta appreciate what you have...

      daaivark - 2011-07-21 09:15

      I agree. Our fares are more than reasonable. The service is extensive, if erratic. I have been a daily commuter on trains for years and one lives with the minor inconveniences this involves. To me, it is still far more cost-effective and stress-free than battling my way through rage fuelled roadhogs and spending hours on smoke-choked roads. My trip to town takes considerably less time than a rush-hour car trip, and is a damn side cheaper.

      Wai-Szee Sing - 2011-07-21 16:19

      So true, my cousins in PTA and JHB looked at me in shock and horror when I told them I used to take the train to university and work... if it wasnt for the delays and stuff, id still be travelling metrofail to work :)

  • Mike - 2011-07-21 08:49

    It is the white man’s fault ,,, how dare they build Trains that only last 30 years,,,

      Fedup - 2011-07-21 09:23

      Oh dear Mike, you really have put your foot in it now, wait and see how long it takes for all the racist comments to come ..... we are waiting for your Siya.block!!!!

      subtle59 - 2011-07-21 09:30

      And it's the white man's fault that the trains can run on for 17 years without being maintained.

      Raven - 2011-07-21 12:57

      Here is a interesting thought, Have you ever seen a workforce company building something important being runned and manned by only black people? But I have seen it the other way around.

  • albacore - 2011-07-21 08:57

    Why are'nt our leaders (sic)standing up and condemning this behaviour.When have you ever heard JZ or Julius speak out against farm murders,vandalism,theft of copper cable,hijacking...the list goes on and on......... RIP SA.

      Raven - 2011-07-21 13:04

      This Land we have such great privilege living on is only held back by its people.We truly have it all,now we just need to make something of it...or cut your losses and get out while you still can.

      tryanything - 2011-07-22 07:08

      Its a culture problem starts with throwing a cigarette but down on the ground fix that and you fix everything..

  • Met - 2011-07-21 08:59

    Well the "Government" sets the example. With their utter incompetence and corruption, they are vandalising the country

  • Rob Gunning - 2011-07-21 09:17

    Metrorail should also take some responsibility. They make it too easy for vandalism to occour. I mean, who leaves multiple R3 million vehicles unattended overnight in an unsecure location?

      onthefence - 2011-07-21 14:27

      Hey another Gunning......not many of us around

  • theratlady - 2011-07-21 09:17

    ANCYL members at it again!

  • biskit - 2011-07-21 09:22

    It's the African way - Conquer & Destroy

  • jan.jordaan1 - 2011-07-21 09:34

    it's not vandalism, it's sabotage......

  • Andre - 2011-07-21 09:35

    ..mmmm.. as THE prez AND malprez don't require this mode of transport they inspire their followers to destroy it so that blame can be passed onto the apartheid regime...You just gotta luv this country where destroying what you have is better than having anything at all. Our prez puts himself above the law.. why can't they. Sadly mr prez... you have no backbone, fortitude or foresight to lead this beloved SA of ours. You and your 'comrades' (almost puked as it typed that word..) have nothing to show for your period in charge except a legacy of theft,pillage and denial. Only your blinded die-hard fanatics will approve of your deeds... anywhere in the decent world you, mr prez, would be doing time for actions. Do you have the balls to take control.. thought not! So sad that we are seeing many capable leaders of industry leaving our shores whilst you and your kind usurp and plunder without recourse. You are a sad man mr prez!.... now back to the transport problem...

  • Angus - 2011-07-21 09:38

    It is about time that MetroRail get stricter as far has fines etc. for example: commuters sits with their feet up and you have instances were commuters cut newly renovated seats. I actually witnessed a cop walking pass one of these ill mannered people. Metrorail should impose strict fines and or jail time. It is destruction of state property after all.

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  • Fedup - 2011-07-21 09:50

    Rapier, i agree with you he is putting the same comment on every article

  • spacecowboy - 2011-07-21 09:56


  • vince muller - 2011-07-21 09:58

    Destructive nation, isn't it?

  • Rapier - 2011-07-21 10:10

    Why don't we have dedicated Railways Police - it could be an option considering how many trains have been burnt & vandalised recently together with the aspect of "train surfing" at the expense of a number of young lives - all costing millions of Rand!

  • madras - 2011-07-21 12:30

    Let them walk then, maybe then they will be happy, but I doubt it

  • ZACKIE - 2011-07-21 14:13

    cable theft is very high in cape town area they sell this to scrapyards

  • onthefence - 2011-07-21 14:23

    Metrorail should request a once off special idiot tax to collect funds to repair the trains. That way the ANCYL will finally pay for something

  • maseratifitt - 2011-07-21 18:57


  • 32 - 2011-08-12 08:19

    Gautrain is next

  • Peed off - 2011-08-25 11:36

    There you are you idiots who think you are so good at building things. We can prove that we can destoy things even quicker than you can build. It is in our culture that we can prove that we can always destroy anything that you can build!!!

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