Metrorail train derails due to vandalism on the central line

While Metrorail technicians were preparing to get services up and running on the central line on Thursday morning, a train derailed between the Heideveld and Netreg stations, causing more delays on the route.

The central line has been suspended since last week following a fatal shooting of security guard at Khayelitsha Chris Hani station.

EWN reporter, Lauren Issacs says preliminary investigations show that the derailment was partly due to vandalised infrastructure in the area.

Issacs is at the Bonteheuwel substation where there have been reports of vandalism.

The damage caused to this substation is shocking. There is nothing left on the actual substation...

Lauren Issacs, EWN reporter

Prasa acting CEO Cromet Molepo confirmed that train derailment was caused by stolen track switches.

Molepo says bucket shops are a major problem and they are working closely with the Saps to ensure safety.

Read: Prasa acting CEO tells "hooligans" that their days are numbered

The team worked very hard to ensure that we were in a position to resume services this morning, but overnight the railway clips and switches were stolen.

Cromet Molepo, Prasa acting CEO

We are putting together a number of plans of action to gradually reintroduce the railway police under the command of the Saps.

Cromet Molepo, Prasa acting CEO

To hear more of this interviews on the state of Metrorail in the Western Cape, listen below:


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