JOHANNESBURG – Angry commuters have reportedly damaged 15 personal cars belonging to the staff at the Metrorail Naledi depot after train services were suspended on Friday.
According to a statement from Metrorail, train services running between Naledi and Johannesburg stations were disrupted due to wire theft and as a result, trains cannot move until technicians isolate the affected area.
“It is unfortunate that we have to temporarily suspend the Naledi train service until further notice as the train crew has to emotionally deal with the shock of vandalised personal belongings."
"This negative growing behaviour in commuters of vandalising assets is condemned in strongest possible terms and will, unfortunately, lead to total service suspension if it continues,” said Goodman Matampi, Acting Provincial Manager Gauteng Metrorail.
A diesel locomotive has been arranged from Braamfontein to pull trains out of the section with no power at Naledi.
Metrorail says arrangements for buses are also underway for monthly and weekly ticket holders to assist them with alternative transport between Naledi and Midway stations.
Metrorail technicians are said to be at the affected areas assessing damages and replacing stolen cables.