[WATCH] Arsonists behind Cape Town train fires are known, says Minister Mbalula

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says authorities have identified the culprits behind the devastating fire at Cape Town train station.

He says the perpetrators behind the suspected attack must be charged with arson and economic sabotage.

At least 18 train carriages were been destroyed in the fire that broke out on Thursday morning.

It's the latest incident in a series of more than 20 train fires this year in Cape Town.

Metrorail had to temporarily shut down the station after its entire network was brought to a standstill. A limited train service is now running.

RELATED: 'Syndicate' behind train fires, says Western Cape transport MEC

Mbalula says there's been a calculated effort to paralyse the rail network in Cape Town.

He visited the train station on Thursday afternoon and condemned the train fires which he described as "an attack on the poor".

Those people who have done this have been identified. As to when the arrests will happen, it will depend on the police.

Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Transport

They've been identified and they are known...

Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Transport

Mbalula went on a walk-about with Cape Town's Metrorail boss Richard Walker and other officials to assess the damage before holding a press briefing.

Image: Fikile Mbalula on Twitter


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