Transport minister slams torching of Metrorail trains

2016-04-17 16:01
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Cape Town – Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Sunday condemned recent arson attacks on Metrorail trains in the Western Cape.

"Law enforcement agencies are called upon to arrest perpetrators of this senseless destruction of property, criminality and sabotage," said Peters in a statement issued by the transport department.

On Friday morning, a train was set alight and another four carriages were destroyed by a fire in Kraaifontein's staging yard. On Friday evening, another three train carriages were set alight at the Esplanade Station near Cape Town.

These incidents followed a case from last weekend when a pair of adjoining trains were set alight at platforms 11 and 12 at Cape Town Station.

Metrorail had previously suggested those behind the arson attacks were illegal strikers.

On Sunday, Peters said an investigation into the incidents should be conducted by the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa).

"If there are any grievances against Prasa, these must be raised within the proper channels created by our constitutional and legal framework," she said.

The arson attacks have resulted in severe delays for commuters as well as the rerouting of several trains.

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