Yet another Metrorail train went up in flames on Saturday, just a day after Transport Minister Blade Nzimande visited the City to address the burning of trains.
The City of Cape Town says in the past three years, 140 coaches had been damaged by fire‚ at a rate of almost one a week.
Member of the ANC Western Cape legislature, Cameron Dugmore says the recent incidents need to be separated from operational issues that Metrorail is challenged with because this is a clear motive of sabotage.
This appears to be a specific and targeted action of arson directed. The key issue is that we have to get to motive to deal with this because clearly, the people who are doing this have no intention to stop.— Cameron Dugmore, Member of the ANC Western Cape legislature
Metrorail Regional Manager, Richard Walker says the burning of trains is impacting on their ability to run an effective commuter rail service in the Western Cape.
He says they are now operating with only 40 trains which cannot meet the demand.
If I look at the modus operandi of the previous and recent incident, it is clear given some of the accounts and witness that these trains coaches were deliberately set alight.— Richard Walker, Metrorail Regional Manager
It becomes increasingly difficult for us to fight these criminals if we don't know what the motive is.— Richard Walker, Metrorail Regional Manager
Walker says in the meeting with the minister it was discussed that there is a need to dedicate more resources to the burning of trains issue and delegate better intelligence to bring the perpetrators to book.
We are moving in the right direction, but we don't have time we need to deal with this as urgently as possible.— Richard Walker, Metrorail Regional Manager
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