Is there a 'third force' behind the arson attacks in Cape Town, ask a train drivers' union and a political party. But an activist coalition is standing by its call for rail to be declared a national disaster, which could unlock funds to help investigate exactly who is behind the attacks.
"I don't think a random person, especially a 14-year-old person, would wake up and think "I want to burn a train," said Zukie Vuka of #UniteBehind, an activist coalition advocating for the embattled rail system to be fixed and those responsible for the crisis to be held accountable for their actions. Vuka was speaking to Daily Maverick after two teenaged suspects were arrested for November's arson attack at the Cape Town station.
In the early hours of 28 November, a fire raged through the Cape Town train station, destroying up to 18 carriages. In the aftermath, politicians played the blame game. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula blamed the attack on security companies whose contracts had recently been terminated by the entity and said Prasa had already identified suspects who could be responsible for the fire, which caused an estimated R16-million damage to carriages.
Read in Daily Maverick about the arson...