Protesters set train and station alight

Cape Town - A train and station facilities were set alight in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, forcing a suspension of services on one route, officials said on Thursday.

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Protesters set alight two train carriages and an engine at the Chris Hani station on Wednesday night, Western Cape police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk said.

A case of malicious damage to property was opened and no arrests had yet been made.

Regional Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said four carriages, overhead electrical structures, and station facilities were set alight by protesters.

She said Metrorail was forced to suspend train services on the Khayelitsha-Kuyasa-Chris Hani route until further notice. Commuters were asked to use alternative modes of transport on Thursday.

"Police will continue to monitor the situation and Metrorail technical teams will assess the extent of the damage at first light before an estimated date and time for recovery of services can be given," she said.

The train service from Cape Town to Khayelitsha, as well as all other lines, were operational.

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Scrotie McBoogerballs McBoogerballs 2014-08-21 01:46:31 PM
So typical.
Rieks 2014-08-21 01:56:58 PM
Use alternative modes of transport. Like their feet? Or get those who set the fire to 'abba' you to work! This is a joke OK, like everything else in our country.
Justice Mogajane 2014-08-21 01:59:49 PM
If It was possible , that when something is destroyed or burned by protesters , that thing should never be rebuild or fixed . So that community be without that important things for years .
Dan Butler 2014-08-21 01:59:54 PM
And then these bliksems want better transport! But burn what they have!! Then ticket prices go up to pay for the damage. Then what? Burn again?
Steven Swart 2014-08-21 02:01:00 PM
Still part of the ANC plan to make the Western Cape ungovernable?
Bertus Pretorius 2014-08-21 02:01:10 PM
And tomorrow they will anxiously wait for this train to arrive and take them to work.
Rob Vogel 2014-08-21 02:01:39 PM
Classical example again of our undiciplined, primitive low-life's.
Richard Young 2014-08-21 02:02:34 PM
The individuals who did this are not people they're parasites
Tsotsibaby Kellogg's Corn Flakes 2014-08-21 02:13:05 PM
But Zille said every thing was hunky dory in Western Cape. This is fair comment by the people against the opressive regime of Zille. People are tired of living in squalor while the DA reserves all jobs for whites, dedicate all budget to white suburbs...
Andrew M 2014-08-21 02:14:01 PM
So how does this action help? Destroying property out of maliciousness should never be undertaken as it will have a cause and effect result and frankly in this case do more harm than good. What idiots !!!!