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Prasa: 20 trains torched between April & May, costing over R200m

Prasa says Cape Town has become a concern, with at least 11 trains set alight in the Mother City.

In Cape Town, commuters have burnt trains, saying drivers are always late and thus making them late for work. Picture: Shantel Moses

JOHANNESBURG - The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) says between April and May, 20 of its trains were set alight, costing the company over R200 million.

Prasa's acting group CEO, Nathi Khena, has revealed the staggering figure - along with other damage reports from incidents of vandalism, theft and arson.

Prasa says Cape Town has become a concern, with at least 11 trains set alight in the Mother City.

Commuters have burnt trains, saying drivers are always late and thus making them late for work.

Khena says the arson has to stop.

"We have a serious fear that if it continues like this we'll be introducing and exposing all that investment to destruction that we're experiencing at a present moment."

In Gauteng, six trains were set alight between April and May, with damages amounting to about R46 million.