Eastern Cape Taxi Strike Update: Metrorail suspends afternoon services after vandalism

JUNE 10, 2016

Commuter rail services operator, Metrorail, on Friday said that it had suspended its afternoon services after striking taxi drivers vandalised rail infrastructure, putting the lives of those that were on their trains during the incident in danger.

Metrorail operates two separate lines in the Eastern Cape - one running from East London to Berlin and one from Port Elizabeth to Uitenhage.

"Due to the disruption by the TAXI industry Metrorail trains will not be running this afternoon, this is because they have encroached on our rail environment attacking train drivers and damaging rail infrastructure (overhead electrical wires). These operating conditions are not conducive for safe rail operations to both personnel and our commuters," the company said in a statement.

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"It is regrettable that these acts of vandalism will inconvenience over 30 000 train commuters who rely on this affordable mode of transport. These assets belong to the community and it is equally their responsibility to ensure that they are well protected.

"It is irresponsible to destroy such valuable assets. This is pure criminality, and such lawlessness cannot be tolerated. We condemn this behaviour in the strongest possible terms."