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30 January 2018

Release: Immediate

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape strongly condemns the 8 incidences of stoning of MyCiti buses along the N2 Express routes in Langa, Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plein over the past weekend. These attacks are reportedly associated with Metrorail’s disrupted services on the Central Line, resulting in residents taking out their frustrations on the MyCiti service.

We understand commuter frustration with Metrorail, especially the ongoing suspension of the Central Line, but the senseless stoning of other public transport infrastructure as protest is absolutely unacceptable. Whatever the reason, endangering the lives of MyCiti operators and passengers cannot not be tolerated.

I call on the National Minister of Transport, Mr. Joe Maswanganyi, to ensure the restoration of the Metrorail service on the Central Line as a matter of urgency.

The City of Cape Town’s poorest residents are continually neglected by PRASA and Metrorail’s negligence regarding rail infrastructure support and maintenance. It is essential that Metrorail resume their services as soon as possible to ensure that the citizens of Cape Town are not robbed of a reliable means to move freely and gain access to employment.The City of Cape Town has indicated that over the past two years the number of passenger journeys on the four N2 Express routes has nearly doubled from 111 109 in November 2015 to 219 157 in November last year.

These routes provide efficient and reliable transport links, upon which the MyCiti bus service operates, ensuring that the people of Cape Town arrive at their homes and places of work safely and timeously. Any threat to the MyCiti service on these routes, is a direct threat to the wellbeing of the Western Cape’s residents.

As the DA in Western Cape, we remain committed to promoting reliable, safe, and efficient public transport services to ensure that the people of our province are afforded access to opportunity.

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