Metrorail considers permanent shut down of Khayelitsha services

Prasa CEO says attacks on Metrorail have cost the parastatal R382 million over the past 3 years.

Work has begun on repairing the damage to the station platform where a train was petrol bombed at Chris Hani Station in Khayelitsha, 20 August 2014

CAPE TOWN - The Passenger Rail agency of South Africa (Prasa) says a risk assessments will determine whether Metrorail services will be permanently shut down in Khayelitsha and the surrounding areas.

It will cost at least R8 million to repair the damage caused in ongoing attacks on Metrorail infrastructure.

Prasa CEO Mosenngwa Mofi says the parastatal has spent R382 million on repairs and rebuilding infrastructure over the past three years.

"This kind of action is completely unwarranted, this is just pure criminality."

Mofi visited the Chris Hani and Kuyasa trains stations in Khayelitsha on Thursday, after a train was petrol bombed and a ticket office was destroyed during protests on Wednesday night.

The violence reportedly stems from land evictions which were carried out in nearby Enkanini.

Mofi says he's disappointed that an issue completely unrelated to Metrorail has affected the rail service in such a destructive way.