New Metrorail Trains Launch: Don’t Burn Them Please, Zuma Pleads With Commuters


President Jacob Zuma, while launching new Metrorail passenger train, pleaded with South Africans not to go ahead burning government infrastructures.

Speaking on Tuesday while launching the new passenger train the “people’s train” Zuma called on all commuters to not vandalise these new trains.

We have experienced shocking incidents in this country where people burn trains because they arrived late at the station and made them late for work. That is too drastic and is totally unacceptable,” said President Jacob Zuma,

“As we hand over such infrastructure, we appeal to our people to handle it with care. These are your trains. Look after them so that they can carry you for many years to come.”

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The newly launched train service forms part of government’s transport modernisation program and infrastructure development which is set to cost R173 billion.

President stated that R51 billion has so far been spent on the programme with additional 4bn spent on new hybrid locomotives.

South Africa will ensure an increasingly reliable and comfortable commuter rail service over the next 20 years‚ but passengers must stop burning coaches to express dissatisfaction‚ President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday, adding that the state would proceed with a planned infrastructure spending.

Speaking also on Tuesday, during the Metrorail train launch, Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi said that manufacturing new trains in South Africa will reduce the rate of unemployment in the country as it would create at least 8 000 new jobs.

The minister further noted that while there are 20 new trains already set to be put to work, a further 580 are going to build on the East Rand. Maswanganyi says that the goals is to complete the 580 by 2025.

Prasa coaches have in the past been vandalised by angry South Africans who continuously burn them down while registering their dissatisfactions.

Over a hundred of the Prasa coaches are reportedly set ablaze annually‚ and there are fears that the gradual introduction could put the new coaches at risk.

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Prasa, however, plans to introduce new Metrorail trains over the next 20 years‚ gradually introducing new corridors. The first corridor‚ between Pienaarspoort and Pretoria‚ has been running since October 2016 but was officially launched on Tuesday.