Officials say only a third of Metrorail’s infrastructure is still intact due to fires and poor maintenance.
Three train stations, Mbekweni in Paarl, Firgrove near Somerset West and Cape Town, were affected by fires on Friday.
Trains from the CBD to Strand were affected due to the Firgrove fire while trains to Wellington and Kraaifontein were affected by the Mbekweni fire.
Commuters were again frustrated by train delays, lack of communication from Metrorail and having to part with more money to pay for alternative transport home.
The City of Cape Town’s JP Smith says foul play was involved in the three separate incidents, which he says were not by sheer coincidence.
“From what we had about four or five years ago, we have a third of our rail stock left. That’s due to neglect and arson.”
Smith says 100 dedicated officers, some in uniform and others in plain clothes, will be deployed to train stations from Monday.