South Africa: Sucking the Marrow From the Bones - Criminals Return to Finish Off Gauteng Railway Stations

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When Daily Maverick visited the Kliptown station recently, a number of women were knocking bricks off the walls using chunks of rock. Some said they used the bricks to build themselves houses because the government had failed to do so. Others said they used the bricks to support their shacks.

The little that remained of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (Prasa's) infrastructure in many train stations in Gauteng is rapidly vanishing.

After looting just about all the infrastructure, thieves are now stealing the overhead bridge steel rails and bricks.

But it's not just everyday criminals who are helping themselves to the remains.

When Daily Maverick visited the Kliptown station, a number of women were knocking bricks off the walls using chunks of rock. Some said they used the bricks to build themselves houses because the government had failed to do so. Others said they used the bricks to support their shacks.

"If we don't take the bricks, others will," said one woman.

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