Transport minister Fikile Mbalula said the shocking state of Metrorail train stations in Cape Town is due to theft and vandalism seen at the height of the lockdown.
He said critical infrastructure worth millions of rand had been stolen, which had resulted in a temporary suspension of operations at some stations.
Mbalula was speaking at a media briefing on Monday after conducting an oversight visit of the Cape Town Northern Line and the Western Cape Rail Management and Traffic Control Centre in Bellville.
He said inadequate fencing and other security measures at train stations exposed them to criminals.
“Since the declaration of the state of disaster and the restriction on travel, Prasa had to cease all commuter rail operations. Considering that Prasa operates an open network that is not adequately fenced in, the lines were exposed and became victims of wholesale theft and vandalism.
“Despite the easing of travel restrictions, the vandalism forced Metrorail to stop operations on several lines, including the Northern Line, as critical infrastructure had either been stolen or vandalised,” said Mbalula.