Metrorail train set alight in Johannesburg

By Khanyisa Tabata
25 May 2010

The strike by Metrorail workers appears to have turned violent with the setting alight of a train near Park Station in Johannesburg this morning.

Spokesperson for the Johannesburg emergency services Synock Matodako says the fire was apparently started by a person who threw a burning object into the train.

Matodako says nobody was injured in the blaze.

Fire fighters were on the scene within minutes and by nine o’clock appeared to have the flames under control.

Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Petersen says government is considering releasing disaster funds to farmers affected by the strike.

She says early calculations show losses for fruit farmers affected by the industrial action have topped the billion rand mark.


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