CCTV footage shows four suspects behind CT train blaze: ‘We’ve seen them, in their kortbroekies’, says Mbalula

CCTV footage shows four suspects behind CT train blaze: ‘We’ve seen them, in their kortbroekies’, says Mbalula

Following Thursday morning’s blaze at Cape Town train station – which left two trains and 18 carriages damaged – CCTV footage has revealed four people were behind the incident.Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and Metrorail officials visited the station for an inspection on Thursday afternoon, hours after Transport MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela briefed the media.Metrorail said early indications were that an accelerant was used.”We’ve seen them … in their kortbroekies [shorts] on CCTV footage,” Mbalula said, before confirming that four people have been identified and that “it’s up to the police now to effect arrests”.’Bring your bosses’He reiterated his claim that a syndicate was behind the sabotage, saying “when we catch these ones, we want to say to them they must bring their bosses. This lawlessness must end”.#CTTrains Mbalula on Prasa’s contract disputes rides a fine line on the speculation front, says those who are aggrieved at cancellation may be the ones behind damage: “tell them we’ll corner them like a bull … with the agility of a cat. We’ll be on top of them”. @TeamNews24 pic.twitter.com/WoXMos951z— Kamva Somdyala (@kamva_somdyala) November 28, 2019Mbalula said those who have made it their mission to cripple the state and the day-to-day commute of people will not win. “We won’t allow the state to be held to ransom.”Cost of damageMeanwhile, Prasa’s regional co-ordinator, Richard Walker, revealed the extent of the damage was in the tens of millions: R61m for the trains and R150m for overhead damage.Walker said structural damage would also need to be taken into account for a full cost measure to be determined.#CTTrains The damage R61 million (so far) from this morning’s fire, Mbalula reveals. ‘These criminals live in our communities. They are our neighbours, our siblings, our friends. If you choose to look the other way, you become an accessory to the crime.’ @TeamNews24 pic.twitter.com/Pvny6k0r6U— Kamva Somdyala (@kamva_somdyala) November 28, 2019Asked if security guards were deployed on Wednesday night, Walker said they were and the CCTV cameras were in operation which led to the identification of the four suspects.Earlier, Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato said he would be writing to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday to ask that the Hawks be tasked with setting up a special unit to investigate the burning of trains in Cape Town.Walker assured commuters Prasa was working around the clock to ensure services would be back to normal in the quickest possible time.Inside one of the 18 carriages which were damaged following Thursday morning’s blaze at Cape Town train station. (Kamva Somdyala, News24).
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