Metrorail can't assist commuters after trains torched

Commuters set two train alight at Germiston station after a train was delayed from Vereeniging.

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JOHANNESBURG - Metrorail says it won't be able to provide alternate transport for commuters after two trains were torched at the Germiston station last night.

Angry commuters set them alight after a train was delayed from Vereeniging.

A part of the building at the station was also damaged by the fire.

The overall cost of the damage is estimated to be around R30 million.

Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng says the two trains ran about 13 trips a day.

"We have seen the behaviour of commuters from Vereeniging becoming troublesome over the past weeks. We are even asking ourselves as an organisation and as management if they are really deserving of services."

Mofokeng said services in Germiston and Cleveland will be affected.

She earlier said, "We are working closely with the police and our protective service unit to ensure that we monitor and track who the perpetrators could have been."