Metrorail insists vandalism is linked to Satawu

Metrorail’s Richard Walker says the attack on the carriages is an attack on commuters.

Three Metrorail carriages have been set alight at the Cape Town Metrorail station. Picture: Shantel Moses.

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail says there is no doubt that the attack on three of its train carriages at its Explanade station near Cape Town linked to a criminal element in an illegal strike by Satawu affiliated workers.

Thousands of commuters were left stranded last night because trains are not operational and vandalism and cable theft forced cancellations on the northern and central lines.

Metrorail says workers have been on strike and intimidating other employees despite a court interdict declaring the strike illegal.

Regional manager Richard Walker says the attack on the carriages is an attack on commuters and there is a reward out for the capture of those behind the attack.

"It's not a coincidence that these attacks aren't related to some of the criminal elements within the legal striking group."