PRESS STATEMENT 31 July 2014
COSATU condemns Metro Rail’s response to the train crisis and calls on Minister to intervene
COSATU is outraged at the response of Metro Rail; that it will shut down the Central line that operates between Langa, Bellville, Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha, Belhar and other related stations. This clearly is punishing commuters for the actions of criminals, which is totally unacceptable. The rail system is the back bone of public transport in the City of Cape Town for the Cape Flats. These poor communities have no other modes of transport to get them to their destinations as the overcrowding of the rest of the system is confirmed by the Golden Arrow operators in today’s Argus.
The Ministry of Transport has allowed the City of Cape Town to pander to the needs of the wealthy, mainly white communities along the Atlantic Seaboard hence the transport system is still completely ineffective for those who need it, mostly on the Cape Flats.
COSATU calls on the National PRASA Management as well as the Ministry to urgently intervene in this matter. Our own engineering consultants have told us it is possible to move the cables from underground to overhead, which would severely reduce the prospects for theft and vandalism. This adjustment is possible and will significantly protect the PRASA Infrastructure and assets in the short to medium term and ensure a more reliable asset until the long term improvements are finalised. This retrofitting may initially only be needed in the most high risk areas.
COSATU calls for urgent and decisive action to address the problem.
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