Metrorail offers R100k reward for info on arson attacks

The train service says its experienced a spike in arson attacks since October last year.

FILE: Train on fire at Retreat Station‏ in Cape Town on 07 August, 2016. Picture: Twitter @CRW2310

CAPE TOWN - It's still unclear what sparked a fire that gutted several coaches at the Retreat station depot on Sunday.

Metrorail's Richard Walker says it's highly unlikely the fire was caused by an electrical fault.

Walker says since October last year they have experienced a sharp increase in arson attacks on its infrastructure.

He says more than 50 coaches have been damaged.

"That has really puts a lot of pressure on us to be able to provide commuters with a reliable services and you know it actually exacerbates the situation. We are asking our commuters to bear with us. We are doing everything in our power to recover the lost sets, but obviously it's not a short term process."

Metrorail is offering a reward of a R100,000 for anyone who comes forward with information leading to arrests.