Order collapses at Metrorail station

Some commuters are refusing to pay for tickets until the service improves

Photo of people running

Commuters flee Esplanade train station to avoid paying for tickets. Video still: Ricardo Afrika

By Ricardo Afrika

23 October 2017

On 20 October, a Friday, GroundUp witnessed Metrorail passengers fleeing Esplanade Station in Cape Town. Commuters were avoiding paying for tickets. Officials failed to stop them. The video below was taken at 8:04am.

One of the passengers, who did not want his name revealed, told GroundUp he had not bought a ticket for two years. He said he refuses to do so until the service improves.

The spot fine for being caught without a ticket is R40.