PICS AND VIDEO: Angry commuters torch uMlazi train station
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Durban - A train station in uMlazi was damaged and four cars were set alight on Friday morning after angry commuters went on the rampage when the trains did not arrive on time.
It is alleged that commuters then set alight the office block building and four cars on the premises.
The station is the last stop on the line and is situated between Dingani and Ngwele Road between two residential suburbs in uMlazi.
Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane, a KwaZulu Natal police spokesperson said that at 6am, that more than 1 000 commuters at uMlazi railway station became angry due to the late arrival of trains.
"They damaged the ticket office, set alight four cars and damaged a motor train coach causing extensive damage to the property. The Public Order Police and Metro police were summoned to the scene. Police are monitoring the situation. The situation is still tense," Zwane said.
Pictures taken by onlookers depict what must have been a chaotic scene with rocks and bricks strewn in the passages and outside the offices.
The windows were also damaged. Below the windows were bricks and stones. The roof of the office had also been damaged.
In a parking lot behind the offices, three cars were set alight. It is not clear who the cars belonged to. Near the offices, the burnt remains of another car had been photographed.