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metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that train commuters were on Tuesday stuck with further delays on all routes after eight train carriages were set alight at Cape Town station.  

In a service alert on its Twitter account, Metrorail said residual delays of "60+" minutes were being experienced in the region.  Two trains (eight carriages) were set alight and shops looted on Monday night, when commuters went on the rampage in reaction to lengthy delays.  Platforms 15 and 16 remain closed, while officials assess the damage.  The delays on Monday night were the result of defective electrical feeds.  The United National Transport Union (UNTU) has demanded that Metrorail regional manager Richard Walker should resign immediately.  General secretary Steve Harris said Metrorail did not warn commuters about the problem with the feed for hours, which led to agitated commuters as queues grew longer, with some attacking staff and property.  Harris said they had applied to the High Court to force the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) to implement reasonable safe measures to protect staff.

  • Read this report by Jenna Etheridge in full at News24

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