PRASA (Metrorail) Protection Services and specialist investigators continue to work hand in hand with SAPS in the investigation into the recent train fires at Cape Town Station.
The investigation is progressing well and fresh images have been released to encourage more people to contact the investigation officer with information about several persons of interest who police believe can assist them in their investigation.
Metrorail Western Cape Regional Manager Richard Walker says it is heart-breaking to see communities so dependent on affordable public transport being robbed of mobility shortly before the year end festivities: “Breadwinners working hard to ensure that their families are provided for during the upcoming festive time and saving for school expenses next year are forced to spend much-needed money on transport rather than their loved ones”.
He encouraged more individuals and communities to do their civic duty to come forward with information about the incident or about the persons of interest: “I support Minister Mbalula’s assertion that the perpetrators of these heinous crimes against the state live and socialise amongst us and should be exposed for what they are in the interest of rail transport and South African taxpayers who ultimately foot the bill for huge losses”.
Termed “economic sabotage” by the Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula, the incident in the early hours of Thursday morning (28 November 2019) destroyed 18 train carriages worth R61million, overhead electrical wiring to the tune of R154 000 and rendered 14 of Cape Town Station’s 24 available platforms inoperable.
Walker concluded that the aftermath of the incident will continue to inconvenience the commuting public until someone with a social conscience assist with information that will ensure conviction of the guilty.
Anyone else with information should contact the investigating officer Sgt Williams on (078) 037 5969.