Metrorail commuters urged to protect infrastructure

Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi was in Cape Town on Monday where he inspected the N1 upgrade project and the Cape Town train station.

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CAPE TOWN – As the government prepares to spend R9 billion to upgrade Metrorail’s infrastructure nationally, Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi has asked commuters to help protect trains and other rail infrastructure.

Maswanganyi was in Cape Town on Monday where he inspected the N1 upgrade project and the Cape Town train station.

He says that 88 repaired carriages will be brought back on track over the next two years.

Maswanganyi has reminded commuters that they are ultimately the ones who pay when trains are vandalised.

“When you go there and buy something, there’s VAT that’s paid and it’s the very same R1 or 2 cents that gets cycled into the system to recuperate the trains. What I’m saying is that let’s work together to expose the criminals.”

Prasa’s acting CEO Lindikaya Zide echoed the minister's sentiment, calling on residents to assist them in identifying criminals who vandalise infrastructure.

“Working with the police, with the province, with the city, we will ensure that there’s maximised security that is put on our trains.

“It’s a process that requires collaboration between these spheres of government, together with the community.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)