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Metrorail suspends services following Philippi protests

Metrorail says infrastructure was set alight by community members in Philippi in response to a police raid.

Firefighters are on scene where a train has caught alight at the Cape Town train station. Picture: Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - Train services along Cape Town's Central line have been suspended due to vandalism.

Metrorail said infrastructure was set alight by angry community members in Philippi in response to a police raid yesterday.

Dagga was confiscated during the operation.

Metrorail's Richard Walker said, "We can't see how trains are not visible tunnels from the operating control centre, so obviously it's not safe for us to operate our services in this protest in the area. So in the interest of safety, we've had to suspend services."