Prasa loses over R330m to cable theft, vandalism & arson

The rail agency says between April & May, 20 of its trains were set alight, costing the company over R200m.

FILE: Prasa's head office next to Park Station at Umjantshi House on Wolmarans Street, Braamfontein. Picture: Google Earth.

JOHANNESBURG - The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) says it's lost over R330 million in less than a year due to theft of its cables, vandalism and arson.

Prasa says between April and May alone, 20 of its trains were set alight, costing the company over R200 million.

Acting group CEO Nathi Khena revealed the staggering figure in Braamfontein yesterday.

Prasa says the Western Cape is worst affected with damages with amounting to almost R120 million, followed by Gauteng with R90 million.

Khena says, "Look at the amount of money that we should be ploughing into the system."

Khena believes that these acts derail the parastatal from delivering services.

"Every time we take 10 steps forward, they destroy assets and it takes us back by 20 steps."

Some commuters have burned several trains this year, saying drivers are always late, which makes them late for work.

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