It isn’t completely uncommon for a train in Cape Town to be set alight as a means of protest. In fact, the damages for train fires total R210 million since 2013. However, in the past few months, these arson attacks have become even more prevalent. Since April of this year, R50 million in damages has been done as a result of these fires.
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) needs 88 train sets to efficiently operate; arson has reduced this number to below 40. The Western Cape Government is now offering a sizable R100,000 reward for anyone with information on the attacks.
By: Mikayla Tetreault, Staff Writer