The Blue Train’s great Gupta voyage – and the whistleblower who paid for it

Herbert Prinsloo dedicated a quarter of a century of love to Africa’s most luxurious train. When he began to suspect that friends of Transnet were being handed free trips he was investigated, charged and kicked to the pavement. Now, inspired by the courage of whistleblowers testifying at the Zondo Commission, he has come forward to tell his story.


The luxurious Blue Train derailed for a second time in three months; first on 8 November last year at Union Station near Germiston and again on 16 January at the Salvokop trainyard in Pretoria. No passengers were on board in both incidents.

Blue Train personnel, who are unwilling to be named, paint a picture of deterioration that has been going on for years. 

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Melody Emmett
Melody Emmett is an independent researcher, writer, editor and workshop facilitator.

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