Union questions role of Rapid Rail Unit after latest CT train arson attack

The United National Transport Union (Untu)'s Sonja Castens said the Rapid Rail Unit might as well close because the more than 3,000 members were not doing their jobs properly.

FILE: Rail enforcement officers at the Cape Town train station. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The work of the Rapid Rail Unit has been questioned after yet another arson attack in Cape Town.

Six coaches were gutted on the Monte Vista line on Saturday. Two weeks ago, a train coach was destroyed by a fire in Retreat.

Metrorail is now down to 31 train sets and needs 88 to run an efficient service.

The United National Transport Union's (Untu) Sonja Castens said the Rapid Rail Unit might as well close because the more than 3,000 members were not doing their jobs properly.

“We need to realise that if we want the service to return, if we don’t do something to prevent these consistent arsons, that will never happen. This is not only the responsibility of Prasa but the community and police too,” she said.