Pretoria - Transport Minister Blade Nzimande said he was outraged and laid blame at the door of cable theft after two trains collided on Tuesday morning, leaving hundreds of people injured and three people dead.
The trains were both travelling on the same line towards Pretoria from Mabopane when they collided at Mountain View Station, northeast of Pretoria.
The trains were transporting more than 800 passengers.
More than 300 commuters were left injured and transported to different hospitals around the area.
Nzimande said cable theft results in the malfunctioning of the signalling system, which forces train operations to be switched to manual authorisation which leads to miscommunication.