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:

Read More
Iziko museum heeds listeners complaints

Iziko museum heeds listeners complaints

The museum staff is currently undergoing refresher customer care training following listener's complaints about misconduct.

Nelson Mandela Foundation welcomes CoCT's Madiba Legacy Route

Nelson Mandela Foundation welcomes CoCT's Madiba Legacy Route

Sello Hatang says the foundation fully supports the idea as it will create more opportunities for the people of Cape Town

Metrorail's "Operation Spider" festive season safety campaign

Metrorail's "Operation Spider" festive season safety campaign

Metrorail WC says they will be taking a zero tolerance approach to criminality and commuters who are defrauding the system.

Delays on Metrorail's central line

Delays on Metrorail's central line

Vandalism continues to disrupt services on Metrorail's central line and WC manager Richard Walker talks crime prevention tactics.

Metrorail adjusts timetable to reflect train cancellations

Metrorail adjusts timetable to reflect train cancellations

The destruction of infrastructure in separate arson attacks in recent months has led to the cancellation of at least 30 trains.

Speedy arrests in the murder of Metrorail train driver

Speedy arrests in the murder of Metrorail train driver

Metrorail say they are heartened by members of the community coming forward with tip-offs that led to the two suspects arrests.

Popular articles
'We weren't going to quit', says Tim Noakes on not guilty verdict

'We weren't going to quit', says Tim Noakes on not guilty verdict

Prof Tim Noakes has been found not guilty by the Health Professions Council of South Africa on a charge of unprofessional conduct.

New evidence comes to light in Ipid's probe against top cop

New evidence comes to light in Ipid's probe against top cop

Ipid has revealed that evidence against Khomotso Phahlane shows a dubious pattern in car purchases.

Still no trace of missing Charlotte Nikoi, one month on

Still no trace of missing Charlotte Nikoi, one month on

The husband of missing Charlotte Nikoi has pleaded with public to come forward with any information regarding her whereabouts.

[Watch] All the Foreshore Freeway Project proposals

[Watch] All the Foreshore Freeway Project proposals

Take a look at the 6 six proposals that have been received by the City for the Foreshore freeway precinct.

We are in denial of people marching against us - Lindiwe Sisulu

We are in denial of people marching against us - Lindiwe Sisulu

Human Settlements Minister criticised the ANC for being passive at the memorial of late struggle stalwart Amhed Kathrada.

'Gigaba will have limited effect; the elephant in the room is the President'

'Gigaba will have limited effect; the elephant in the room is the President'

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Standard Bank Chief Economist Goolam Ballim.

How does El Nino affect Western Cape province?

How does El Nino affect Western Cape province?

Professor William Landman explains what El Nino is and its effects on the coming seasons in the Western Cape.

'Land restitution failed because Government is the biggest owner of land'

'Land restitution failed because Government is the biggest owner of land'

Bruce Whitfield interviews Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's advisor Chris Malikane and Business Leadership SA's Bonang Mohale.