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Protests erupt at Cape Town train station

Several trains on the northern and central lines had to be cancelled due to vandalism and cable theft.

The group of commuters is demanding a Metrorail representative come out to address them. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Protests have erupted at Cape Town train station where angry commuters have been stranded due to major disruptions on several lines.

Disgruntled train commuters are demanding Metrorail arrange alternative transport to take them home because trains are not operational.

Metrorail has closed its ticket offices.

The severe delays are due to vandalism and cable theft at the weekend and overnight.

Some train commuters fear they may be stranded at the station because it appears there are no running trains to take them home.

Several trains on the northern and central lines had to be cancelled this morning.

Trains from Cape Town Station are delayed for up to an hour.

The rail company claims delays could be just more than an hour, but commuters say they have already been waiting for at least two hours.

Bishop Lavis resident Hershall Arnolds fears they could be stranded on the platforms into the night.

"We haven't been at home yet and they are probably wondering why we are not home. I need to get home by 7pm."

Meanwhile, Metrorail's Riana Scott would not be drawn on negotiations that are apparently underway.

"They are still busy with negotiations and I am not privy to that. I'm trying to just help people to get home as soon as possible so we don't have people stuck at the Cape Town station."