Torching of 18 train carriages: Footage leads to arrest of 2 youngsters, CT

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Torching of 18 train carriages: Footage leads to arrest of 2 youngsters, CT. Photo: Pixabay
Torching of 18 train carriages: Footage leads to arrest of 2 youngsters, CT. Photo: Pixabay

The release of CCTV footage and pictures of the alleged arsonists behind the torching of 18 train carriages at Cape Town train station early on Thursday, 28 November 2019, has led to the arrest of two suspects on Monday evening 9 November 2019.

Preliminary reports indicate that a community member recognized one of the suspects from the CCTV camera footage circulated to the media and on social media platforms. The community member alerted the police.

A 14 year old suspect was subsequently arrested in Elsies River. Detective investigations led the police to another suspect, a 15 year old in Delft who was also arrested. Both suspects appeared in court in Cape Town and were remanded in juvenile custody until their next court appearance on 9 January 2020.

The rail commuter service was temporarily suspended at Cape Town train station on Thursday, 28 November 2019 after 18 train carriages caught fire in the early hours of the morning.

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