Tshwane protests disrupt train services


Gauteng Metrorail spokesman Lillian Mofokeng said the company condemns the torching of two trains at the Germiston train station.

JOHANNESBURG – Violent protests in Tshwane have disrupted train services between Cordelfos and Kalafong, Metrorail said on Tuesday.

Protest action has erupted in the capital city in various townships which has resulted in the burning of buses and closing of roads.

The unrest has now spread from the streets to the railways.

Metrorail said protesters at Kalafong put stones on the railway line, making it impossible to run trains safely.

“Metrorail took the decision to suspend the services on this corridor to protect commuters, employees and assets,” the train company said in a statement.

“Metrorail Protection Services will continue to closely monitor the situation on the ground throughout the province.”

Metrorail has however informed that rain services in De Wildt, Mabopane and Mamelodi Corridor continue to run.

Bus service Putco said it&39;s putting contingency measures in place as violent protests spread in Tshwane.

Putco spokesman Tshepo Tsotsotso said the safety of their passengers is paramount.

"Our operations have been affected there’s no doubt in certain areas. We are aware that most parts of Tshwane are volatile this morning," he said.

"We are redirecting certain operations. All of this having said that, we obviously want to make sure that our passengers get to work and their destinations on time and safely."