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bladenzimandeNews24 reports that Transport Minister Blade Nzimande says that efforts must be intensified to find the culprits behind train attacks, following yet another arson attack at Cape Town train station on Tuesday.  

News of the attack broke as the board of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) was briefing MPs about the strategies in place to prevent such attacks.  Two trains with three carriages each were set alight at the station.  Nzimande commented:  "It is clear that there is actually a plan to attack this property of Prasa and that's undermining rail passenger transport.  We've been working with the minister of police but we are now of the view that we need to escalate this further to actually involve the entire security cluster."  But, Nzimande did not support the idea of declaring a state of emergency over the troubles faced by rail services despite numerous calls to do so by the City of Cape Town, saying he did not have such powers.  Prasa board chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama voiced suspicions that they were was being sabotaged, viz.:  "There are disgruntled ex-managers who may be behind this because of how they were dealt with."  Last week, Prasa was slapped with a notice of suspension by the Rail Safety Regulator, but it successfully approached the North Gauteng High Court to hold the matter over.  The case will be heard on Thursday.

  • Read this report by Christina Pitt in full at News24
  • Read too, Train fires occurring during Prasa parliamentary briefing ‘no coincidence’, at EWN

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