Prasa loses R380m to vandalism & arson

The Rail Agency says it’s struggling to keep services on track after the loss.

FILE. The Rail Agency says it’s struggling to keep services on track after the loss. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) says it's lost more than R380 million to vandalism and arson attacks on its trains in the Western Cape over the past three years.

A suspect is due to appear in court on Wednesday, in connection with the torching of 19 train carriages at the weekend at a Metrorail depot in Salt River.

Prasa CEO Mosengwa Mofi admits the rail company is struggling to keep services on track.

"It's about time that we and the law enforcement authorities come out very hard on such acts. This is not just a Metrorail problem, it's a national problem."

MAN STRUCK BY TRAIN

A man is in a critical condition after being hit by train between the Muizenberg and St James train stations on Monday.

He was walking on the tracks at the time of the incident.

ER24's Russel Meiring says, "When ER paramedics arrived on the scene, they found the man lying on the side of the railway tracks in a critical condition. It's believed the man had been walking on the tracks before he was struck by the train."

He says paramedics had to provide the patient with advanced life support before airlifted by a medical helicopter to the Groote Schuur Hospital for further medical treatment.