Vandalism and unreliable service – Metrorail support declines

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Cape Town - 180727 - Minister of Transport, Dr Blade Nzimande, will have a walk-about at the Paarden Eiland Deport in Cape Town to view damages to the PRASA infrastructure sustained during various arson attacks on Metrorail trains in Cape Town. Photo: Armand Hough / African News Agency (ANA)

Train services in Cape Town have once again been disrupted. The Cape Flats line is
temporarily suspended due to a telecommunications issue. The northern line has also been
suspended due to power failure at Kraaifontein.

Metrorail says in the early 2000s, it recorded up to one million paying passengers. But due to the ongoing theft, vandalism, and unreliable service, that number drastically dipped to around 400 000. The rail service is still Cape Town’s preferred mode of transport, especially for working-class residents.

Meanwhile, President of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry Janine Myburgh says
there is a need for accountability on the side of Metrorail’s management. Myburgh adds that a
criminal investigation is clearly needed into the possible collaboration between those who
benefit from the chaos.

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October 24, 2021
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