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Metrorail calls on City of CT to help protect infrastructure

Metrorail suffered extensive damage to its infrastructure during service delivery protests in the Langa.

Fire and smoke damage at Cape Town Station following an incident of arson in April 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail has called on the City of Cape Town to help in protecting provide a comprehensive plan, which will look at stemming criminal and violent acts, in and around train stations.

The rail operator suffered extensive damage to its infrastructure during service delivery protests in the Langa area earlier this week.

Track boxes, signals and train carriages were damaged.

More than 30 people have been arrested in connection with the violence.

While services on the central line remain suspended, technicians will continue damage assessments today.

Metrorail's Richard Walker says, "The city must respond as to what they will be doing to ensure that we operate services in those areas.

"That they will ensure that when there's protest action aimed at service deliveries they will put plans in place to protect the very critical and important rail system which is the backbone of the transport system in the Western Cape."