CAPE TOWN: The Rail Enforcement Unit was launched by Transport Minister Blade Nzimande on Saturday, but the City of Cape Town also launch the unit during a “special ceremony” on Monday. At the launch, Nzimande said Prasa had promised to undertake extensive infrastructure work to make sure there was a better rail system in the province.
He said the burning of trains and vandalism of transport infrastructure was a challenge. He said president Cyril Ramaphosa launched a multibillion-rand train-manufacturing factory in Gauteng last week. “We can’t bring them (new trains) to the Western Cape if the there is a continuation of train burnings in the province.”
Up to 100 officers have undergone training and are ready to assist the existing security services. The launch of the unit comes on the back of a report by the Railway Safety Regulator highlighting crimes reported by the Passenger Rail Agency SA (Prasa). The report raised concern among passenger advocacy groups which reiterated the call for a suspension of Prasa’s permit. Article: Zodidi Dano