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7 March 2018

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The Democratic Alliance-led Western Cape will provide additional funding from the Provincial Department of Transport and Public Works, to increase armed private security personnel, monitor hotspots along railway lines, and introduce drones as a part of a broader security plan, particularly in the ‘Bermuda Triangle’ area.

The ‘Bermuda Triangle’ area includes stations such as Langa, Bonteheuwel, Lavistown, Belhar, Netreg, Heideveld, Nyanga, Philippi, Lentegeur, Mitchell’s Plain and Kapteinsklip, and forms part of the Central Line, where services finally resumed after a six week delay.

The Western Cape Government (WCG), the City of Cape Town and the public entity, PRASA, will contribute R16 million each to provide more security and the necessary technology. This Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) is currently being negotiated by stakeholders and must be concluded before the transfer of funds.

Whilst railway infrastructure is not within the WCG and City’s mandate, the DA-led government is reallocating its funds, as we want to ensure that commuters are protected. We can no longer sit idle in addressing the safety concerns of our residents.I call upon Metrorail to urgently implement its proposed 30km fire-proof and bulletproof wall, to ensure safer and more reliable commutes for central line passengers within this area. This wall will surround the train stations of Netreg, Lavistown and Bontheuwel.

In the interim, I will perform an oversight exercise on the Central Line from Khayelitsha to Cape Town, on Friday 9 March 2018, on the services provided.

I further call on local communities to report known criminals who are vandalising infrastructure. This destruction costs millions to replace; and causes delays and cancellations which could affect the jobs of people. It also causes the economy to suffer, and it places increased pressure on an already strained social welfare system.

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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