Train wagons torched by protesters in North West

2018-05-17 20:34
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Six wagons of a freight train carrying steel coils were torched on Thursday morning by a group of protesters between Orkney and Leeudoringstad in the North West.

Transnet Freight Rail spokesperson Mike Asefovitz confirmed to News24 that a freight train with 40 wagons carrying steel coils was stopped after protesters blocked the railway line with stones.

Asefovitz said there was no damage to the cargo and that none of the personnel was injured and that the train had made its way back to Krugersdorp.

"These acts of violence are condemned in the strongest possible terms it places our staff in danger as well as our ability to operate as a transporter," said Asefovitz.

Police spokesperson Colonel Pelonomie Makau said a case of public violence was opened after protesters blocked a railway line and set several wagons alight.

She said no arrests have been made yet and that the incident was still being investigated.

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