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metrorail thumb medium90 92Cape Times reports that thousands of Metrorail commuters were faced with delays of one hour or more on routes from Paarl, Firgrove and Cape Town station after six coaches were damaged and destroyed in arson attacks at these stations on Friday.  

Metrorail spokesperson Zinobulali Mihi said:  “Delays of up to 60-plus minutes can be expected on most of the lines that were affected in the attacks.  However, the service has operations running.  All the affected coaches have been cleared out of the respective stations and moved to the depot.  So lines are cleared and operational.  The delays are because we are operating with fewer coaches.”  On Friday, six coaches were damaged or destroyed in three incidents in which trains were set alight.  The first fire started after midday at Mbekweni station near Paarl and two further incidents followed at Firgrove and Cape Town stations.  One person was reportedly shot and killed during a robbery in the Paarl incident.  These incidents brought the number of coaches lost as a result of fires to 47 this year.  More than 150 coaches have been lost due to fires since 2015.

  • Read this report by Nicola Daniels in full at Cape Times

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