Another CT train on fire

Authorities have confirmed that three carriages have gone up in flames.

A video screengrab of a train fire at Cape Town station on 28 July 2018.

CAPE TOWN - Yet another train in the Cape Town CBD is on fire.

While the details are still murky, authorities have confirmed that three carriages have gone up flames.

This comes as the latest in what appears to be a string of attacks on Metrorail trains.

Just a week ago, 11 carriages were destroyed in a blaze on the 15th platform at the train station.

Last week's gutted coaches alone are set to cost Prasa R30 million in damage.

Cape Town Fire and Rescue's Theo Lane says the carriages on fire are on platform 13 and the
fire started shortly before 6pm.

This is the third train attack in Cape Town in the last seven days. Despite national government’s intervention the suspects’ modus operandi seems to remain the same, with Metrorail infrastructure and train carriages being consistently and regularly attacked.

Zackie Achmat, leader of the #UniteBehind civil society coalition tweeted today that the train attacks were economic sabotage. He called for the state to, as he put it, find the criminal syndicates behind the
attacks and declare an emergency for commuter rail.

The damage caused by the fires last week amounts to R69 million Rand. No arrests have yet been made.