31 July 2014
Metrorail in the Western
Cape said the current incident of vandalism
between Khayelitsha, Nyanga and Mitchell’s Plain has cost about R2.2
million. 25 critical areas were damaged
and services on the central line have been suspended.
A group of people vandalized a
signal cables causing major disruptions since yesterday.
Regional Manager Richard Walker said
this vandalism incident has caused major chaos to the system.
Walker said in
the interest of operational safety ensuring that we recover and repair
equipment the damage of equipment.
“Still operating, we have decided to
suspend between Khayelitsha and Nyanga as well as Mitchell’s plain. We spill
over from our stations in the affected line they will then be taken care of by MyCiti
ramping up to ensure that commuters who want to use services can use it as well
as the arrangement we had with Golden Arrow.” Walker added.
Meanwhile Walker said
this is a criminal act because these people deliberately vandalized the signal
Metrorail has laid criminal charges
and Walker said
they are confident that these criminals will be arrested soon.
Eleven stations had to be closed
down due to intimidation.
He explained that these criminals were
caught in the act by our own patrols while they were busy at night, firing shots
at own staff. There are charges of attempted murder that’s been laid by our
staff as well as malicious damage to property.
“Yesterday Morning I have gone to
Philippi East police station and laid a charge of sabotage. I’m quite confident
through the efforts and the work of police the net is closing on these
criminals,” Walker said.
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