Another train carriage destroyed by arson

2020-01-21 06:00
A train coach on fire at the Retreat yard in Cape Town. (PHOTO: Twitter/Ellen Fedele)

A train coach on fire at the Retreat yard in Cape Town. (PHOTO: Twitter/Ellen Fedele)

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Yet another train was vandalised last week; this time at Retreat station on Wednesday 15 January.

Provincial minister of transport and public works Bonginkosi Madikizela and provincial minister of community safety Albert Fritz condemned the incident and have urged residents with information to come forward.

The fire, which was reported at 22:00 last Wednesday, destroyed one coach.

“On Wednesday 22 January, I will be meeting with transport minister Fikile Mbalula, once again to find a solution to this on-going saga,” said Madikizela. “Since my appointment last year, I committed to working with minister Mbalula and Prasa to deal with the challenges facing our rail system. It is always a concern when passengers, especially school children who have just returned to school, are inconvenienced by challenges facing the rail- system.”

An investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the fire. Fritz said it is essential that those responsible for the fires be brought to book.

“I have reported the issue of police inefficiency in investigating train arson to the Western Cape Police Ombudsman, Mr JJ Brand. I further alerted Mr Brand of this incident.

“Anyone with information relating to police inefficiency in investigating train arson is asked to make their submission by 31 January 2020.”

The written representations should be marked for the attention of JJ Brand and delivered by hand, post, e-mail or fax as follows:

. By hand: 6th Floor, NBS Waldorf Building, 80 St Georges Mall, Cape Town 8001;

. By post: Private Bag X9043, Cape Town 8000;

. By e-mail: ombudsman@wcpo.gov.za; or

. By fax: 021 483 0660.

Fritz added: “I call on anyone with information regarding this particular fire to come forward and to report such to their local police station or by calling 08600 10111.

“The destruction of the Western Cape’s transport infrastructure can no longer be tolerated as it is a threat to the wellbeing and livelihoods of our residents.”

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