Ten carriages of two train sets along with platforms at Cape Town Railway Station were torched on Sunday. About R33 million damage had allegedly been caused by a Khayelitsha resident who appeared in court today.
Thobela Xoseni, aged 30, was arrested near the crime scene after the officials had spotted him on CCTV footage leaving the carriage right before the fire broke out.
Yesterday, the police confirmed that the initial investigations pointed to deliberate arson.
“We truly hope that his arrest will lead us to the actual forces that are behind what has been a sustained attack and destruction of the country’s assets, particularly the only mode of transport that is affordable to the majority of our people,” Prasa Group CEO Nkosinathi Sishi stated.
Xoseni has been charged with malicious damage to property at the Cape Town Magistrates’ Court today. He has been referred to the state’s district surgeon for psychiatric assessment and will reappear in court on May 2.