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WC Police Ombudsman probes SAPS inability to catch train arsonists

The deadline for public submissions is Friday, 31 January.
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The WC Police Ombudsman is probing the South African Police Services’ (SAPS) ‘inability’ to catch train arsonists. Western Cape residents can have their say in the inquiry with the deadline for public submissions on Friday.

The Western Cape SAPS seems to have failed time and again when it comes to dealing with train arson, investigations and making arrests.

Following the destruction of 18 coaches at Cape Town Station in November last year, Western Cape Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz requested a probe.

The probe is being led by the provincial police ombudsman Major General Johan Brand.

According to Fritz a number of people have already made submissions though he did not give the actual figures.

Fritz added that a lot of people say they have given police information relating to the train attacks. The people are now being requested to make formal submissions detailing where, when and at which police stations they provided the information.

In the latest incident, a passenger train was set alight between the Kentemade and Century City stations on Saturday evening.

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Submissions can be delivered by hand (marked for attention JJ Brand) to the sixth floor of the NBS Waldorf Building, 80 St George’s Mall in the city centre or via email: ombudsman@wcpo.gov.za.

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