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CRIME: Metrorail Arson No Random Act Of Vandalism


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The sheer scale of the arson and destruction of the commuter rail coaches tells us that this was no random act of vandalism but a planned act against the rail service and the people of Cape Town who depend on the trains to get them to work, says the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“The vital questions we must now ask, are about the motive for the attack and who or what organisation was behind it?” said Ms Janine Myburgh, President of the Chamber.

“Perhaps even more important is whether there is a connection with the recent arson attacks on Golden Arrow buses?”

Ms Myburgh said simply finding the person or persons who struck the matches and punishing them would not be enough. “If we are to stop the destruction, the law will have to reach beyond the foot soldiers to those who gave the order or encouraged the destruction. We must find a way to hold them accountable.”

The immediate challenge was for the crime intelligence services to pin point the real culprits. “At this stage what we need is information and I appeal to anybody who might know something to contact the Police, the Metro Police or even the Chamber if they would like to remain anonymous. We will pass the information on to the authorities and monitor progress.”

Ms Myburgh said there was something wrong with the mindset of South Africans who saw the destruction of property, buses and trains as a way to deal with problems. Destruction makes us all poorer, especially those who depended on public transport.

“The only way to a better future is to take care of our assets and to make and build more. Unless we, as a nation, begin to understand this, we will throw away everything that has been achieved in our years of democracy,” Ms Myburgh said.

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