Metrorail commuters were once again held up for up to an hour this morning on some lines as the train service prepared to go to court to get a temporary interdict against a strike by SATAWU members made permanent.

There were long train delays, especially on the Central Line this morning which saw long queues at taxi ranks. Those without money for a taxi stood on Khayelitsha station’s platforms for up to an hour waiting for a train.

At the taxi rank people were heard complaining about the train delays which are affecting everyone because they have now been late for work for three days. At one stage this morning, a scuffle broke out when a small group wanted to board a taxi even though they had just arrived in the long queue.

There was also heavy traffic on the N2, apparently caused by Metrorail commuters having to make alternative transport arrangements.

Metrorail confirmed delays this morning. It would take “several days” to overcome the arson damage to carriages and the damage caused to other equipment and facilities. Metrorail are going to apply to the Labour Court today for the temporary interdict against a strike by South African Transport and Allied Union (SATAWU) members who were employed by the service to be made permanent.


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