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prasaNews24 reports that a R100,000 reward has been offered by the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) for information that will lead to the conviction of four people believed to be behind an arson attack on two trains at Cape Town station last week.  

According to a Prasa statement on Sunday, security cameras captured the four people committing the arson, which cost R61m in damages.  "Investigations and intelligence point to orchestrated sabotage within the Western Cape rail network, causing millions of rand in damage since the start of the sporadic spate of fires in 2015.  An analysis of vandalism patterns leave little doubt that criminals are deliberately setting out to cause mayhem and delays,” the statement indicated.  Metrorail regional manager Richard Walker said:  "Crime intelligence support the notion that the place, timing and type of vandalism is orchestrated and targeted to create chaos and destroy essential state infrastructure, placing a strain on the country’s fiscus during a depressed economy."  Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula labelled the act economic sabotage.  The two trains were set alight early on Friday.  The one train was at Platform 10 and the other at Platform 16.  The fire soon spread to adjacent platforms, destroying two full trains and 18 carriages.  It is believed that an accelerant was used.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Alex Mitchley at News24
  • Read too, Police intelligence vacuum fuels train fires, on page 3 of City Press Voices of 1 December 2019

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