Zille: Crime intelligence needed to probe CT train fires

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says crime intelligence is needed to get to the bottom of the recent spate of train fires.

Two trains were set alight at Cape Town station on Tuesday, resulting in the loss of eight carriages.

Read: Nzimande suspects plot to derail Prasa after latest CT train fires

Zille says Cape Metrorail has lost 175 carraiges since 2015. She adds that there have been over 32 instances of train burnings.

According to Zille, the suspected train attacks have caused a complete decimation of the Cape rail network which has led to increased congestion on the roads.

Read also: 71 newly-trained railway cops to prioritise Metrorail's central line, says Zille

A cohort of new railway officers has been deployed to help address train crimes and commuter safety.

This is despite the fact that crime intelligence and community safety fall outside the provincial government's mandate, Zille says.

Unless we get crime intelligence right, which is a national function, we are not going to get any leads on what interests and what forces are behind the train burnings.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

There have been over 32 instances of train burning and it's causing a complete decimation of our rail network, which has knock-on effects to congestion.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

We're doing a lot of things that fall outside of our oversight mandate, and we're taking precious resources from things that really are our mandate.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

We have to try and help secure the safety of our citizens, even though that's not in our mandate.

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier

Zille also discussed the mandate of provincial government and the drought recovery funding received from National Treasury.

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