South Africa train passengers stranded for more than a day

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s state-owned passenger rail operator has apologised for stranding riders on a train from Johannesburg to Cape Town for more than a day as food reportedly dwindled and carriages began to stink.

The journey between South Africa’s most well-known cities is popular with tourists and usually lasts roughly 20 hours.

The statement said alternative transport had arrived at the stranded train to shuttle passengers to their destinations. The rail operator blamed locomotive failures for the “unpleasant experience” and said a rescue locomotive was then held up by rail maintenance along the route.

South Africa’s commuter trains, especially more local ones, have seen a number of accidents and incidents in recent years.

Some of the country’s state-owned businesses have been struggling amid mismanagement, corruption and a weak economy. Those include the state-owned power utility Eskom and state-owned South African Airways.