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publicprotectorANA reports that the Public Protector (PP) has agreed to investigate struggling Metrorail in the Western Cape, where the service has been hit with multiple problems that have seen the numbers of commuters drop by nearly half.  

Frequent delays and inadequate space on commuter trains have been made worse by the recent torching of coaches at Cape Town stations.  Metrorail staff members have also been attacked while on duty.  Some drivers have resigned in fear of their lives.  Democratic Alliance (DA) member of the provincial parliament and chairperson of the standing committee on transport and public works, Nceba Hinana, who had written to the PP, said the reply indicated that case would be investigated by the PP’s Western Cape provincial office and that it would be assigned to a senior investigator.”  Hinana commented that residents could no longer count on trains to get to them to their destinations.  He pointed out that throughout December 2017, the Central Line, which was the most used line, was on time only 24.6%.

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