Identikit leads to teen being questioned about Cape Town station arson

Train arsonists found guilty of damaging Cape Town’s public transport system could face imprisonment of up to 20 years.
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A De Waveren Primary school pupil has been taken in for questioning in relation with the arson that burned down 18 carriages worth R61 million at Cape Town station.

The suspect was taken in after a schoolmate saw the IdentiKit that was released by Metrorail looking for two suspects that were being hunted in connection with the devastating arson at Cape Town Station.

On Monday afternoon a teacher was informed and the teacher immediately went to the pupil’s place of residence.

According to a member of Elsies River Community Policing Forum:

“The learner’s grandmother told the teacher that her grandson told her he was one of the two guys who allegedly set the train alight. The learner also told his grandmother that he was threatened by the second suspect from Delft, who said if he didn’t cooperate his family would be hurt.”

The teacher took the pupil to the Elsies River police station and the suspect was transferred to the Cape Town police station where he was questioned by investigators.

The 14 year old suspect informed investigators about the location of the second suspect who allegedly resides in Delft.

Once they have been charged the two suspects will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s court. According to Metrorail spokesperson, Riana Scott, the police were yet to confirm any arrests but rumours were abound.

The spokesperson for the Education MEC, Paddy Artwell, declined to comment on the investigation and said the law must take its course.

Police spokesperson Novela Potelwa said:

“Be advised that SAPS detectives are hard at work following up several leads pertaining to the burning of 18 train carriages in Cape Town on Thursday, November 28. Thus far, no one has been charged in connection with the incident.”

After the implementation of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act on November 21, train arsonists found guilty of damaging Cape Town’s public transport system could face imprisonment of up to 20 years.

More: Cape Argus

 

 

 

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