- Fikile Mbalula has visited the site where two trains were set on fire on Thursday
- The Minister of Transport revealed the damage done was at an estimated R61 million
- His post went viral and Mzansi called for increased security and action against the arsonists
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that during the early hours of Thursday morning, a fire initially affecting two trains broke out at the Cape Town Metrorail station.
Firefighters managed to put out the blaze but not before it did extensive damage to the trains affected.
Fikile Mbalula, SA's Minister of Transport, has since visited the site to assess the damage. Mbalula - aka Mr Fix - shared photos of his visit on his Twitter page, along with the estimated damage in Rand value.
According to Mbaweezy, the damage done by the fire will cost a whopping R61 million to repair. On top of that, the minister's post indicated that it was no accident, the fire was the result of arson.
Mbalula captioned his post:
"In the early hours of this morning, two train sets were set alight at Cape Town station this morning. This resulted in the gutting of 18 coaches with the damage estimated at R61 million. Over the last five years, 213 coaches were lost due to arson at a cost of R643 million."
South Africans were losing it over Mbalula's post, calling on the government to take action against those who are setting trains on fire and amping up security to prevent these types of situations.
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