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:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Metrorail train derails due to vandalism on the central line


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Former Prasa CEO Lucky Montana's 'friend' paid R75m by PRASA supplier

Former Prasa CEO Lucky Montana's 'friend' paid R75m by PRASA supplier

Pieter-Louis Myburgh, Investigative reporter at News24 gives the latest on the PRASA saga.

Metrorail staff staying away from central line until safety is guaranteed

Metrorail staff staying away from central line until safety is guaranteed

Metrorail regional manager says it understands staff concerns and it is doing everything possible to resume service.

 De Lille: Attacks on me point to power struggle in DA

De Lille: Attacks on me point to power struggle in DA

On Tuesday night, the Democratic Alliance’s metro regional executive agreed on a no-confidence vote in her.

‘Railway Safety Regulator and Prasa playing Russian roulette with lives'

‘Railway Safety Regulator and Prasa playing Russian roulette with lives'

Deputy General Secretary at United National Transport Union Sonja Carstens talks about who's liable for the train crash.

DA Metro exec wants De Lille axed as CT mayor

DA Metro exec wants De Lille axed as CT mayor

A recommendation has been forwarded to the provincial leadership and the DA’s federal executive that Patricia de Lille be removed.

JMPD instructs street vendors to leave Nasrec or be forcibly moved

JMPD instructs street vendors to leave Nasrec or be forcibly moved

Visibly angry street vendors say the JMPD officers are being unfair and have even lashed out against Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba, saying he is xenophobic.

Quintessential Jozi Travel: A User's Guide

Quintessential Jozi Travel: A User's Guide

Wondering how to get around the City of Johannesburg? here are all the options.

Popular articles
Africa State of Mind: 'My dream is to be global' -  Sho Madjozi

Africa State of Mind: 'My dream is to be global' - Sho Madjozi

In this episode of Africa State of Mind, Lee Kasumba chats to South African rapper Sho Madjozi about her upbringing, and rise to fame.

[LISTEN] Health tips for the festive season

[LISTEN] Health tips for the festive season

In the health feature, CEO of Proactive Health Solutions Dr Fundile Nyathi chats about some health issues the generally arise during the festive season.

Adriaan Basson the second journalist to lay a charge against an EFF member

Adriaan Basson the second journalist to lay a charge against an EFF member

Earlier on Friday, Karima Brown laid a charge of intimidation against a party member who sent her what she says is a threatening text.

'Love your vulva the way it is' - Designer vaginas are dangerous, warns Dr Eve

'Love your vulva the way it is' - Designer vaginas are dangerous, warns Dr Eve

So-called 'designer vaginas' are created through various surgical or non-surgical procedures, explains clinical sexologist Dr Eve.

Newly launched Socialist Workers Party will contest next years' elections

Newly launched Socialist Workers Party will contest next years' elections

General Secretary of Numsa Irvin Jim says the new party will champion the workers' mandate.

'Shutdown of Ndalo Media is no surprise and is a blow to media diversity'

'Shutdown of Ndalo Media is no surprise and is a blow to media diversity'

The company will reportedly shut its doors in January 2019.

'Cyril is the most popular president since Nelson Mandela'

'Cyril is the most popular president since Nelson Mandela'

Author Max de Preez weighs in on where SA would be if Jacob Zuma was still president and the impact of Ramaphosa now.

[WATCH] Internet search for talented singer Nosipho is over...she's been found!

[WATCH] Internet search for talented singer Nosipho is over...she's been found!

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.