JOHANNESBURG - Ailing state utility Transnet Freight Rail is suffering yet another setback following a major train derailment in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
On Sunday, shortly after 6am, two Transnet trains, transporting tonnes of coal, derailed after colliding near Richards Bay.
Initial reports suggest one train rear-ended another, which was stationary due to a power outage.
Sunday’s collision has resulted in the loss of tonnes of coal as Transnet Freight Rail scrambles to clear the scene.
TFR said a statement would be released in due course but according to insiders, the possibility of sabotage cannot be ruled out.
A derailment of TFR’s main line in Ulundi in November 2022 was reported to have cost the country R1 billion a day.
The line took weeks to repair and reopen.
At the time, TFR said they could not rule out the possibility of sabotage, following a dispute with a local business forum just days prior.