More Metrorail trains go up in flames at Cape Town station

Two trains have been torched at Cape Town station on Tuesday.

It's understood that six carriages caught alight at Platform 17 and 18.

Firefighters, technicians and paramedics are on the scene, reports EWN's Kaylynn Palm.

There have been train fires on almost a weekly basis across the city.

Read: More Metrorail woes as three more trains set alight

In most cases, Metrorail says it believes arson is at play.

No injuries have been confirmed at this stage.

Frustrated commuters want answers from officials about safety and alternative transport measures this afternoon.

Meanwhile, a cohort of new railway officers is expected to begin duty next week.

Read more: 71 newly-trained railway cops to prioritise Metrorail's central line, says Zille

Outgoing Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has called the spate of train fires "economic sabotage".

I'm standing right here in the middle of the Cape Town train station.

Kaylynn Palm, EWN reporter

At least two trains have been set alight. Commuters are standing outside the platform and are not allowed inside.

Kaylynn Palm, EWN reporter

Commuters are frustrated because, yet again, another train has been set alight.

Kaylynn Palm, EWN reporter

Take a listen to the EWN update:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Dealerships must pay for cars damaged or stolen in their care, it's the law

Dealerships must pay for cars damaged or stolen in their care, it's the law

Once you hand over your keys to a car dealership, the Consumer Protection Act says that they are liable for anything that happens.

More than 11 million clams wash up on Robberg Beach in Plett

More than 11 million clams wash up on Robberg Beach in Plett

Nature’s Valley Trust confirmed that an estimated 11.5-million clams washed up covering a large stretch of shore.

Prasa and RSR discuss regulations and fatalities due to trains' collisions

Prasa and RSR discuss regulations and fatalities due to trains' collisions

CEO of Prasa Sibusiso Sithole says the fatalities are far less than that which has been reported in the media.

Alan Winde in support of call for Metrorail to be run by CoCT

Alan Winde in support of call for Metrorail to be run by CoCT

Winde says good management systems need to be put in place so that there is accountability at grassroots level.

More Metrorail woes as three more trains set alight

More Metrorail woes as three more trains set alight

More delays and cancellations for the rail service as train fires were reported at Cape Town, Firgrove and Mbekweni stations.

71 newly-trained railway cops to prioritise Metrorail's central line, says Zille

71 newly-trained railway cops to prioritise Metrorail's central line, says Zille

The officers will be deployed both on the trains and station platforms in an effort to protect commuters.

Popular articles
Eskom: WhatsApp message about Thursday 'blackout' is fake news

Eskom: WhatsApp message about Thursday 'blackout' is fake news

Eskom's head of generation, Andrew Etzinger, says the WhatsApp message doing the rounds about a blackout is misinformation.

What are the rules and regulations when it comes to owning a generator?

What are the rules and regulations when it comes to owning a generator?

A listener on the Afternoon Drive has shared his frustrations with a neighbor's noisy generator and the health risks it posed.

Eskom and authorities have to plan for worst case scenario, says energy expert

Eskom and authorities have to plan for worst case scenario, says energy expert

Analyst Chris Yelland says South Africans should be comforted and not alarmed by the fact that Eskom has made contingency plans.

Distraught caller describes harrowing experience on Baden Powell Drive

Distraught caller describes harrowing experience on Baden Powell Drive

A CapeTalk caller explained to Lester Kiewit how he went through flames and over rocks, and debris to escape his car being stoned.

What's next with Jacob Zuma's corruption charges trial?

What's next with Jacob Zuma's corruption charges trial?

Investigative journalist, Karyn Maughan, reflects on a year since charges against former President Jacob Zuma were reinstated.

Kilometres of boiler tube leaks 'are biting us big time' says Eskom COO

Kilometres of boiler tube leaks 'are biting us big time' says Eskom COO

Eskom's Jan Oberholzer says it has discovered boiler tube leaks which continue for kilometres and is working to repair this.

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Eskom has warned that more power cuts can be expected as maintenance continues over the next twelve months.