Streaming issues? Report here
CapeTalk logo 2017 1500 x 1500 CapeTalk logo 2017 1500 x 1500
Weekend Early
03:00 - 06:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Weekend Breakfast with Sara-Jayne King
See full line-up
Weekend Early
03:00 - 06:00
Home
arrow_forward
Local

'Syndicate' behind train fires, says Western Cape transport MEC

28 November 2019 2:03 PM
Tags:
Western Cape
PRASA
Metrorail
Trains
Bonginkosi Madikizela
transport MEC
train fires

Transport boss Bonginkosi Madikizela says police intelligence is needed to identify the suspected criminal syndicate.

Western Cape Transport MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela believes a syndicate is behind the spate of Metrorail fires in the province.

At least 18 train carriages were been destroyed following a devastating fire that led to the temporary closure of Cape Town station on Thursday morning.

According to reports, there have been more than 20 train fires in the city this year alone.

It's hard to believe that these people are not known. Clearly, this is a syndicate.

Bonginkosi Madikizela, Western Cape MEC of Transport

It's frustrating. This is my third visit since May on the very same issue.

Bonginkosi Madikizela, Western Cape MEC of Transport

Madikizela says more police intelligence is needed to identify the suspected criminal syndicate.

There have been a string of fires affecting trains and commuters in the city.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Pransa) launched a war room three months ago as part of an intervention to fix South Africa's rail service.

However, Madikizela says Prasa and the national transport department have been cooperative with provincial authorities.

I have been asking to have access to that war room, up until today, I haven't seen it.

Bonginkosi Madikizela, Western Cape MEC of Transport

The cause of the latest blaze is unknown, but an investigation is underway. Early indications suggest that an accelerant was used in the blaze.

At this stage, people are still speculating. The investigation is currently underway.

Bonginkosi Madikizela, Western Cape MEC of Transport

Listen to the discussion:


28 November 2019 2:03 PM
Tags:
Western Cape
PRASA
Metrorail
Trains
Bonginkosi Madikizela
transport MEC
train fires

More from Local

Newlands Stadium

Cape Town rugby fans bid farewell to Newlands, WP's last game at the old stadium

23 January 2021 4:45 PM

Kick-off at DHL Newlands for Carling Currie Cup semifinal between DHL WP and the Cell C Sharks but the stands must remain empty.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Gender based violence sexual abuse women 123rflifestyle 123rfpolitics 123rf

Rape culture: 'There's no other crime where a victim is so held up to question'

23 January 2021 10:46 AM

Rape Crisis's Kathleen Day says myths and stereotypes about rape, sex, and gender allow rapists to get away with the crime.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Alvon Collison

Cape Town 'King of Cabaret' showbiz legend Alvon Collison dies

23 January 2021 9:22 AM

Baxter Theatre marketing manager, Fahiem Stellenboom pays tribute to veteran entertainer Alvon Collison.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Lions-Head-hiking-cape-town-adventure-tourism-table-mountain-safety-123rf

The Outdoor Report: How and why trail running has exploded during lockdown

23 January 2021 8:09 AM

Jeff Ayliffe chats to Sara-Jayne King about the rise of trail running during lockdown and why it is the ideal time to improve your levels.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

V&A Waterfront Marina Cape Town tourism 123rf 123rflifestyle

3 cool, fun and inspirational things to do in Cape Town this weekend

23 January 2021 7:49 AM

Learning how to vision board, seeking out gorgeous fresh produce, or a fantastic kids workshop while you grab a coffee.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

syringe needle vaccine vaccination medical gloves healthcare worker 123rf

Covid-19 can be easily tweaked to adjust to new strains, explains NICD prof

22 January 2021 6:12 PM

.John Maytham speaks to Professor Lynn Morris, principal medical scientist and head of HIV Virology at the NICD.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Typhoon hurricane cyclone tropical storm 123rf

Southern Africa braces for impact as tropical storm Eloise intensifies

22 January 2021 3:05 PM

Live in Limpopo, Mpumalanga or KZN? Brace yourself! Tropical storm Eloise, expected to make landfall near Beira, is intensifying.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Rush hour traffic cars highway 123rftraffic 123rf

10% drop in festive season road deaths, but no reduction in real terms, says AA

22 January 2021 1:25 PM

Travel restrictions in lockdown level 3 likely contributed to the fewer road deaths over the festive season says Layton Beard.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

school-feeding-scheme-nutrition-programmejpg

Suspect arrested after selling canned food used for WC school feeding scheme

22 January 2021 12:23 PM

Education MEC Debbie Schäfer says a suspected thief has been arrested for profiting from canned food that's meant for vulnerable learners.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Scientist lab laboratory biological tube virus analysis data sampling 123rf

Prof Tulio de Oliveira reveals how the new Covid-19 variant in SA was identified

22 January 2021 11:28 AM

Virus hunter Prof Tulio de Oliveira has been credited for discovering the new variant of Covid-19 driving the second wave in South Africa.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward