Brett Heron, the mayoral committee for transport and urban development, and Dalton Ndongeni, of Public Transport Voice, are both very disappointed that another train caught fire at Koeberg station, one of the two Tuesday morning incidents that hit commuters.
An investigation is underway and at this stage there is no certainty whether it was actually a new arson or an electrical fault. It is to be hoped that the R47 million spent on a railway enforcement unit will pay dividends in identifying who is responsible for the attacks.
It was a big setback when the police experienced a potential breakthrough late last month when a suspect who had had a train seat dropped out at Cape Town station had to be released. It was the third arson attack on the Cape Town station that month.
"The suspect was released because there was a problem in the way the police had handled the identification process: they could not use the arrest possibility to continue the case because the suspect had to be released," said a source who had not identified want to become.
In response to Tuesday's fire at Koeberg station, Heron said: "The information I received from Metrorail is that the cause of today's fire has not been established and that the damage was relatively limited. that we have lost a whole series of trains. "
Heron confirmed that "everything is on schedule to put this new unit into use at the end of September".
Ndongeni said about the latest train fire: "It is very worrying because we have only one train per hour on the Central Line, it is a very hateful action and they do not think about the commuter."
He was astonished to hear that a blaming suspect had to be released and therefore could not shed light on who might be the mastermind behind the joint attack on Cape Town trains this year.
"It is very disturbing to hear that, it is a challenge we face because we have law enforcement officers who do not even know the law they enforce."
Fortunately, commuters had an easier time on Tuesday afternoon. According to Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott, the carriage that was lit at Koeberg station and an unidentified person who had been run over by a train in Mitchell's Plain led many passengers to work late in the morning.
Scott said that the scale of the damage at the Koeberg station, where the City's Fire and Rescue responded at 10.05 am, is not yet known and the stripped carriage will be reviewed to the Passenger Rail Agency of SA depot before a full investigation can be performed. take place.
"Preliminary reports do not confirm injuries. The reaction of the reaction teams quickly extinguished the fire and contained the damage to one vehicle."