Commuters stranded as vandals bring trains to a standstill

Commuters were left stranded again on Tuesday morning as Metrorail continues with maintenance and repairs due to extensive damage by vandals on Saturday.

Metrorail had no choice but to bring all train operations to a complete shutdown on Sunday.

Metrorail regional manager, Richard Walker, says they are trying everything in their power to remedy the situation but the criminals who damage the signal system are relentless.

A collaborative effort between the city and South African Police Service is needed, says Walker.

We need intelligence, we need detective competency and we need to find out who is behind this and why.

Richard Walker, Metrorail Regional Manager

We are spending quite a significant amount on security as part of our asset protection strategy.

Richard Walker, Metrorail Regional Manager

We are introducing technology into the system because we realised that the conventional way of deploying bodies into the system is not effective anymore... the criminals have become more creative.

Richard Walker, Metrorail Regional Manager

MEC for Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant, says vandalism of trains is hurting the economy of the Western Cape. He says the Western Cape has had three police commissioner in two years and that affects the consistence of dealing with the situation.

Grant says Metrorail had over 89 trains in 2015 but now they are below 70 and the demand continues to grow.

Our passengers are subjected to terrible conditions on those trains and it is literally impossible to put security on those trains during peak hours because the trains are hugely over crowded.

Donald Grant, MEC for Transport and Public Works

If there are consequences people will not change their behaviour...

Donald Grant, MEC for Transport and Public Works

Listen to Metrorail explain the current rail situation in Cape Town:


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