Angry commuters have expressed their frustration after they were left stranded at Cape Town…

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Angry commuters have expressed their frustration after they were left stranded at Cape Town…

Angry commuters have expressed their frustration after they were left stranded at Cape Town station. This follows the cancellation of the train service to Simon’s Town after one of the carriages caught alight. Metrorail says the cause of the fires on three trains, within the space of three hours, this afternoon at Fairgrove, Mbekweni and Cape Town stations is being investigated. Metrorail says commuters have been re-routed and no injuries have been reported. This is not the first time Metrorail trains have been set alight in the past few months. In July this year, 32 train coaches were set on fire causing damage of more than 50 million rand. Commuter, Vivian Smith, says they fear for their safety: “It affects our people a lot, especially the old people. I come home eight o’clock in the evening. I stay in Muizenberg and it’s unfair really, we pay our monthly’s and then we must get extra money for taxi fare.” The City of Cape Town’s Mayco Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, says it is unlikely that the three fires on trains in the city were accidental.





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5 comments on “Angry commuters have expressed their frustration after they were left stranded at Cape Town…

  1. …….
    South Africans, Cape Town in particular should take up #ARMS – Audit and Risk Management Solutions against #PRASA and #Metrorail

    The existing obsolete rail system is unable to deliver train services that are reliable and predictable, yet the cost associated with the operations and maintenance of this system are disproportionately high.

    Consequently the role of PRASA and Metrorail management are not investigated. Suspend the Operational Manager and executive Manager in charge of security and get those wheels rolling.

    Shaheed Bin Yusuf Stakala, CEO of #StakalaConsortium and President of Gaironiesa Foundation on
    #Vision2030 for #MetrorailSA

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