Pretoria- South Africa (PANA) -- Protesting commuters set alight three train stations around Pretoria in the early hours of Thursday, after Metrorail cancelled trains.
The vandalism came hours after Boseman Station near Pretoria City was attacked by stone-throwing mobs.
At least three carriages worth about 5 million rand were torched by the mobs.
Metrorail chief executive Honey Mateya said Thursday that commuters had set alight Mabopane, Roseville and Atteridgeville stations, adding "we cancelled services when we realised the situation was getting worse.
" He said Metrorail could not guarantee the safety of its train drivers given the level of violence.
Mateya said the army and police were trying to protect the stations that were under fire.
Rescue personnel were on standby, but complained the mobs were preventing them from getting near the stations.
As a result the burning buildings suffered extensive damages.
Police spokesperson Morne van Wyk said more men were being deployed to the stations as the situation was extremely volatile.
At Atteridgeville, police came under attack and responded with live rounds.
One person was injured and taken to hospital.
The riots were unlikely to end any time soon as commuters vowed to erase the stations in protest over poor services.