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DA accused of politicizing Rail Enforcement Unit

“The politicizing of a safety initiative is short-sighted and disingenuous..."

Following a meeting between DA senior officials and the Rail Enforcement Unit, Metrorail has accused the DA of politicizing of the Rail Enforcement Unit safety initiative.

The DA made claims that the unit had been introduced in response to the general breakdown in security on trains.

DA Western Cape premier candidate Alan Winde said “It is unacceptable that our people have to be fearful every time they board a train. The people of Cape Town deserve a safe and reliable public transport system,”

Metrorail regional manager Richard Walker responded by saying “The politicizing of a safety initiative is short-sighted and disingenuous – this is Prasa’s (Passenger Rail Agency of SA’s) response to claims that the Rail Enforcement Unit was introduced in reaction to the general breakdown in security on trains…”

Walker stated further that the unit was put in place to show cooperation and delivery by different facets of the government, not a political party.

Mayco member for Safety and Security JP Smith said the City and province never claimed sole ownership of the initiative. Smith said the DA had made mention of the partnership on several occasions in the meeting.

“He is in denial to say that security aspects had not collapsed. Ask any train commuter in the city and they would disagree,”he said.

Walker said they have lodged a complaint with the Rail Management Task Team chairman, Donald Grant.

More: IOL


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