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The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape welcomes the sentencing of Mr J Hamid and Mr D Diedricks who were found guilty for the murder of train driver, Pieter “Piet” Botha on 11 July 2016, at the Netreg train station.

This hefty sentence of 25 years imprisonment sends a clear message, and will deter future offenders from targeting other train drivers, commuters, the rail network, or any infrastructure.

I wish to extend my deepest and sincerest condolences to the Botha family who lost their father and husband, and have since had to sit through a difficult and emotional court process. Furthermore, I call on the SAPS and their intelligence unit to continue in their efforts to stop and apprehend further attacks and attackers, respectively.

The Western Cape Government, City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa have worked together to create and subsequently sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA).

This MoA, will among others ensure that effective law enforcement services are delivered, by deploying 100 law enforcement officers and using technology including drones, across the rail network.

The DA in the WC is committed to ensuring that our residents have access to a safe and reliable rail service.

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