Another train burnt at Cape Town metro rail during worker's strike


Violence broke out at Cape Town station on Friday evening‚ amid widespread cancellations and delays due to a shortage of trains.

Tempers flared and commuters demanded their money back amid what one commuter called “huge chaos”.
A man using his phone to take pictures of the angry mob was kicked until he fell to the ground and police had to come to his rescue.
Earlier‚ Metrorail regional manager Richard Walker said the service was “under siege”.
This followed the torching of four carriages in the Kraaifontein staging yard shortly after midnight‚ arson at an apparatus cage in Philippi and cable theft in Salt River. Last Saturday two adjoining trains were set alight at Cape Town station.
Walker said it was now “open warfare” between criminals and Metrorail in the Western Cape.
He said illegal strikers had intimidated staff and circulated incendiary propaganda. “It is time to rid the region of criminals who masquerade as employees‚” he said.
Advisory messages on Metrorail’s mobi website said: “A limited afternoon train service due to operational constraints. Anticipated delays of 60+ minutes can be expected. Passengers are advised to make use of their own alternative transport while we are trying to restore the service.”
Among dozens of angry comments on the site‚ a commuter at Observatory station wrote: “I have a very funny feeling that the workers who have been prevented from protesting are behind the vandalism that took place. This is becoming ridiculous and I don’t understand why I have to pay to make use of alternative transport. This is Metrorail’s problem‚ they need to either provide alternative transport or reimburse the commuters for their expenses. When will Metrorail be held accountable for their lack of service to the community?”