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Cape Town train fire: Security guards face suspension

Prasa is ramping up the probe into the recent arson attack.

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Photo: @Leiladougan / Twitter

Nearly a week after the Cape Town train fire engulfed 12 coaches, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has notified the media of the suspension of its head of security and two other guards.

As reported by EWN, the arson attack on the train has cost the rail agency an estimated R33-million.

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Thobela Xoseni, the suspect that was nabbed a day after the incident, is not the only one that will face the heat for his alleged involvement in the crime.

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The rail agency confirmed that while three of its security personnel have been placed in suspension, it has decided to place the contract it has with Iliso security company under review.

“We’ve served a notice of intention to suspend Iliso security company that provides security services at the train station,” Prasa spokesperson, Sipho Sithole noted in a statement.

The rail agency has launched an investigation to determine if there was a lapse in security at the time the train was torched, allegedly by Xoseni.

The outcome of the probe will determine the future of the suspended security guards.

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Xoseni, after his court appearance on Wednesday, was referred to the state’s district surgeon for psychiatric evaluation.

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He has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance which is slated for 2 May.

Civic organisations, including Unite Behind, have implored President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare the arson attacks on the trains a national disaster.

“We want our president and transport minister [Blade Nzimande] to take the situation seriously. There are few trains in the Western Cape, a lot of people are struggling… this is a national problem,” Unite Behind organiser, Lumkile Sizile said.