It was chaos on Cape Town’s roads on Tuesday morning as Langa residents embarked on a protest, bringing traffic and train services to a standstill. Metrorail’s central train service suffered a set-back after multiple incidents of vandalism were carried out overnight within the rail network.
Between Bontheuwel and Langa Stations several track boxes, signals and apparatus cases have been extensively damaged in what is believed to be housing-related protest action. Obstructions have been placed on railway tracks and set alight, disabling inbound and outbound traffic, particularly Jakes Gerwel drive.
According to Metrorail, Langa Station and PRASA official vehicles have been stoned.
Metrorail and SAPS are monitoring the situation and some trains have in the meantime started operating cautiously under SAPS advice. The situation remains volatile in the area and commuters are advised to expect major delays. From past experience, the rail company said repairs and replacement could take several days.
“This is infrastructure expected to assist with the transport learners and workers tomorrow – innocent people are now being deprived of transport for a selfish agenda”. “We call on investigative authorities to find the instigators and perpetrators of such incidents and to apply the law to its full extent,” said Metrorail Western Cape Regional manager Richard Walker.
Commuters are advised to consult Metrorail’s social media feeds and station announcements for the latest service updates. Stations will be monitored to ensure that all commuters are informed of the status of the service. VOC