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Another train burning at Cape Town station<p>I have been alerted that a train carriage was extensively damaged during a fire at Platform 2 at Cape Town station shortly after 14:00 this afternoon, 28 September 2018. The train was stationary at the time of the fire.</p><p>This is the third reported fire of a carriage today.</p><p>The cause of the fire is still being investigated. I am extremely concerned about this incident as our urban rail system is already operating at a fraction of the capacity it needs to service commuter demand. Over the past three years we have lost more than 140 carriages to arson. </p><p>I call on the South African Police Service to investigate this incident as a matter of urgency. Our commuter rail system is under relentless attack, and it is our most vulnerable citizens who are the worst affected by the declining rail service. This has a huge impact on our local economy and also affects other Capetonians.</p><p>I have said before that there appears to be a well-orchestrated and sinister force at work to destroy our very fragile but essential rail service. A total collapse of our Metrorail service is a prospect too ghastly to contemplate.</p><p>The City and the Western Cape Provincial Government have stepped forward to assist with the establishment of a dedicated rail enforcement unit. We did so because Metrorail commuters are our residents and their livelihoods depend on a safe, functional, and efficient rail service.</p><p>I once again call on the National Minister of Transport, Mr Blade Nzimande, to take immediate action to arrest this situation. I want to know whether the minister has considered taking a declaration of disaster or emergency to cabinet?</p><p>All spheres of government must work together in securing our common future and well-being.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2018-09-27T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891d;GP0|#904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7;L0|#0904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7|StatementsGP0|#2c635718-4b0b-4e58-87c0-bab3121855f4;L0|#02c635718-4b0b-4e58-87c0-bab3121855f4|Metrorail;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb1

 

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