Northern Cape police have opened an investigation after finding the body of a man in a train car at the Postmasburg Transnet depot.

Police say the deceased was between 40 and 50 years old and was wearing blue jeans, an Ellesse top, red All-Star sneakers and multicolored socks.

Provincial Police spokesman Nomvuyo Makoloy asked anyone with information to contact the nearest police station.

“The Postmasburg police received a statement from the Transnet department about a man found in one of the cars. Upon arrival, participants found the body of an unknown man aged 40 to 50 at the Postmasburg Transnet depot in a car. ”

According to the train driver, the train arrived in Postmasburg at 15:20 on May 6, 2022 from Newcastle and stopped at various stations before arriving in Postmasburg. The train traveled through Spruitzrus, Meerton and Warrenton before arriving in Postmasburg, ”Makaloi explains.

Railway policy

Earlier today, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula held a press briefing in Pretoria on Monday, detailing the importance of the White Paper on National Railway Policy.

Among the reforms envisaged by the new policy are the introduction of high-speed rail transport and the operation of passenger trains by the end of the year.

Over the past 10 years, some of the country’s 30,400 kilometers of rail network have been underused or closed.
This has negatively affected the competitiveness of the railways. Mbalula says that one of the reforms of the passenger railway, which his department is working on, is the introduction of a high-speed railway in the service complex.

He promised that by the end of this year all passenger trains will be moving again.

Mbalula says national railway policy is crucial for the swift implementation of priority structural reforms to support economic recovery.

“So, in the coming months we will be very busy, and the private sector is already calling to inform about it, ready to act quickly and fiercely. You’re going to see work in areas we talk from Mafikenga to Johannesburg, from Botshabel to Taba’Nchu. All the industries that were dead, concessions and everything that will be in a hurry there, ”Mbalula says.

-Additional report by Labo Setho

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