- Cape Town commuters have been dealt a blow after a motorcoach and six carriages caught fire
- Thankfully no passengers had been aboard, with no injuries reported thus far
- The incident left citizens wondering who was behind the recent string of arson attacks in the city
Cape Town has lost a train out of its struggling fleet after a fire destroyed six carriages and a motorcoach on Saturday.
IOL reports that the incident occurred between the Kentemade and Century City Railway stations. While no passengers had been aboard and any injuries were avoided, the situation is a definite blow to commuters in the region.
The system so many people depend on to travel to school and work every day has been hit by numerous arson attacks.
With the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa facing numerous issues, such as financial difficulties and operational woes, Cape Town currently only operates with a third of the trains needed.
TimesLIVE reports that PRASA administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo revealed services in the central line of the city had been suspended. The official noted that dangerous tracks and high crime regions made the trips a risk the entity isn't willing to take.
Briefly.co.za gathers that a three-phase plan is set to be implemented, which aims to restore operations to full capacity by April 2020. The rollout of this stabilization plan will see 10 new, robust trains added to the fleet.
Citizens were all left wondering what prompted the attack and what the government intends to do about solving the issue:
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