- On Saturday, 4 January, 24 train carriages were destroyed in Bloemfontein
- The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa suspects that the fires were started deliberately
- The agency wants those responsible to be arrested as soon as possible
A fire in Bloemfontein destroyed 24 train carriages and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa wants justice to be served.
The agency feels that the fire may have been started on purpose.
TimesLIVE reports that security personnel at Bloemfontein railway station removed a group of young men from Shosholoza Meyl coach yard. It is believed they returned and set the carriages on fire.
Lillian Mofokeng, Prasa spokesperson, said:
"The youths it seems returned and deliberately set fire to two old coaches staged at the depot of trains earmarked for refurbishment and repairs. These acts of criminality, unfortunately, contribute negatively towards further reducing the rolling stock available."
Briefly.co.za gathered that no services would be disrupted as a result of the fire, but critical cables have been affected.
The case is now being investigated by the police, Colonel Thandi Mbambo, a police spokesperson, confirmed.
"On Saturday at about 2.30pm, a Prasa employee indicated that he saw smoke from the carriages parked on the rails next to the Bloemfontein railway station. On further inspection, he noticed that a number of train carriages were on fire.
"The cause of the fire is under investigation but it has been determined that there was no electricity or fuel in the carriages."
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