Commuters loot shops after being stranded at Cape Town station

A reporter at Ground up, Ashraf Hendricks speaks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kamies about the chaos that broke out at the Cape Town train station on Monday.

According to Hendricks, hundreds of commuters were left stranded at the station for more than five hours and as a result they started protesting.

There were other reports of looting at Vodacom, MTN and fast food chain McDonalds which are situated in the premises.

Regional manager of Metrorail Western Cape, Richard Walker, says they started experiencing technical issues from 2pm on Monday.

It took their technical team a bit longer to restore power the signaling system and it was eventually restored around 9pm, says Walker.

We had arranged with Golden Arrow to transport stranded commuters to their various destination but unfortunately some unruly commuters came back.

Richard Walker, Metrorail Regional Manager

They refused that indicating that the buses were not enough... they were upset and impatient.

Richard Walker, Metrorail Regional Manager

They came back into the station and unfortunately two of the trains parked on platform 15 and 16 were deliberately set alight.

Richard Walker, Metrorail Regional Manager

Walker says they understand the commuters frustration but cannot condone the looting of some of the shops in the premises. He described the looting as criminal behaviour.

Among the shops that were destroyed was KFC, Burger King, MTN, Vodacom and McDonalds.

To hear more of this interview, listen below:


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