32 Murders and 114 incidents of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm were recorded between 2015-2017, on trains and railway stations in the Western Cape.
This was revealed during a reply to my parliamentary question, which also shows that only 12 arrests were made for murder cases, while assaults, only yielded 59 arrests. This means only 37.5% of murder reports have led to arrests being made, and 51.7% of incidents of assault have resulted in arrest.
I call on the National Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula to urgently improve safety on our trains, so that the murders and assaults that commuters have to witness and endure is addressed. I will be meeting with Western Cape MEC for Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant, to push for the Metrorail service to be moved beneath provincial mandate.
We cannot sit idle when lives are at stake due to incompetence at national level.
Every day, approximately 700 000 commuters make use of the Metrorail service without guarantee that they will reach their destination on time, if at all, or that they will be able to travel in safety.
This year, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), promised to stabilise and restore the Metrorail service, yet it has deteriorated to a state of disrepair, where unreliability has become the norm.
The challenges in the Greater Cape Town Metropolitan Area in relation to public transport, especially commuter rail, remain of considerable concern to the DA-led Western Cape Government.
While PRASA is the responsibility of national government, I am pleased that the Provincial Department of Transport and Public Works and the City of Cape Town are in continuous engagement with the management of PRASA and Metrorail with the aim of finding practical solutions to current challenges.
As the DA in the Western Cape we remain committed to ensuring that all commuters are safe when they travel throughout the Province.