A train belonging to the Passenger Rail Agency, a division of Transnet, was stolen from the Umkomaas railway depot and driven to Ilfracombe Station.
The two thieves whom stole an empty commuter train from a depot , took it on a 12km joy ride from eMkhomazi to Umgababa on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, leaving security guards shocked and embarrassed. The incident, left Prasa red-faced and investigating how the two men tricked the guards.
The two suspects allegedly drove the train all the way to Umgababa, and when it stopped they jumped out and fled into a nearby forest while being pursued by security guards.
According to an employee, who asked not to be named, the train only stopped when it lost momentum in an uphill area.
Another Prasa employee, working on the railway line at the time of the incident, expressed her shock.
In a social media post, the employee said she believed those behind the train theft were whoonga addicts.