Friday, March 28, 2014

Metrorail in the Western Cape condemns torching of trains

Mluleki Mrwebi
28 March 2014

Angry Metrorail commuters on Thursday evening stoned and torched a train at Esplande Station. 

Western Cape Metrorail’s Regional Manager Mthuthuzeli Swartz said the incident started by the commuters stoning the train and then the violence escalated and thereafter they torched the train. 

Swartz said this incident is very unfortunate. 

Swart said out of this incident it was a coach which is a first class, as well as a plain trailer they were extensively damaged.

Meanwhile Mthuthuzeli Swartz also condemned the incident saying given the strain of available trains in the province this will only make things worse. 

Over the past two weeks trains have been delayed in and around Cape Town with Metrorail saying the delays are due to infrastructure problems. 

Swartz said this acts ends up causing the same people more problems and more delays and Metrorail urges all citizens to fight against this kind of behaviour by reporting incidents of violence. 

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