Train set alight, RSR calls for calm

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Pretoria - The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) has appealed for calm and the respect of the rule of law after a goods train was set alight near Vereeniging.

A Transnet goods train was set alight at Kleigrond, allegedly by service delivery protesters near Vereeniging on Monday morning.

The regulator which oversees safety in railway transport said there were no reported injuries. The incident resulted in the suspension of Metrorail commuter services.

"The RSR wishes to remind the affected communities and civil society in the area, that we are enjoined in our obligation to ensure that all citizens are safe and secure in the railway environment," said the regulator.

The regulator also urged communities and civil society to report criminal elements to the Railway Police.