Train torching suspects released as police bungle case

Four people who were arrested for allegedly torching 10 train coaches at the Braamfontein train yard last year have been released.

The suspects were supposed to appear at the Johannesburg Central Court on Monday but the case was not on the roll.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says there was not enough evidence to go ahead with the case.

Clement Manyathela speaks to NPA's Gauteng spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane about the case.

They did not appear as the matter was not enrolled. We have insufficient evidence hence the matter was not placed on the roll.

Phindi Mjonondwane, Gauteng spokesperson - National Prosecuting Authority

All suspects will be released as there is no prima facie evidence. There is no case against them.

Phindi Mjonondwane, Gauteng spokesperson - National Prosecuting Authority

Investigations will be ongoing and we need to make sure that when we bring people to court we are able to put out a prima facie case that we can prove in court.

Phindi Mjonondwane, Gauteng spokesperson - National Prosecuting Authority

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