A suspect has been arrested in connection with a fire at a Cape Town station that destroyed two train sets worth an estimated R33m.
According to Western Cape Transport MEC, Donald Grant, CCTV cameras captured images of two people at the scene of the blaze on Sunday.
Police spokesperson Lt-Col Andrè Traut said:
“A 30-year-old resident of Khayelitsha was detained by police after he was apprehended by Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa officials. Surveillance footage was used to identify the suspect, who is scheduled to make a court appearance in the Cape Town magistrates’ court once he has been charged.”
“The possibility of more arrests is not ruled out,” he added.
Transport minister Blade Nzimande condemned the incident, calling on law enforcement authorities to “urgently investigate and arrest perpetrators of this unfortunate, senseless and well-orchestrated destruction of property through acts of criminality and sabotage of Metrorail”.
“It is now undeniable that there is a sinister force at work trying to destroy our rail system,” he said.
The fire resulted in the closure of two stations in Cape Town and has led to fewer passenger trains running in the City.