The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa on Tuesday was forced to close Park Station in Johannesburg after security staff allegedly damaged property because they had lost their jobs.
No trains were entering or leaving the station and platforms 10, 11 and 12 were damaged.
Prasa spokesperson Nana Zenani said: “Some of our shops were looted even though there was security stationed in the area. I suspect that if we did close the railway station, it would have been the worst situation. Security gates with glass were broken as well as a ticket office and the stoning of one of our trains, which was removed from the line for safety.”
Metrorail apologised to commuters for the inconvenience saying the circumstances were unforeseen.
It’s understood security workers vandalised Park Station because their contracts were terminated.
The contracts of the security companies that employ them were terminated last month, but the High Court in Pretoria ruled they should be paid at least until the end of December.
Last week, the United National Transport Union warned that Prasa terminated the contracts with no back-up plan, which put staff and infrastructure at risk.
Meanwhile, Prasa’s Chief Executive Officer stated that they have sufficient security personnel to prevent a recurrence of the incident.
Also 2,400 security personnel returned to their posts after a court order was obtained against Prasa by three security companies around the termination of their contracts