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Prasa to reopen CT central line, beef up safety

The decision to close the line was taken following the murder of a Prasa security guard in Khayelitsha and it remained closed due to infrastructure damage.

Metrorail in Cape Town suspended services on the Central line following the murder of a security guard at Chris Hani station in Khayelitsha. Picture: Facebook.com.

CAPE TOWN - The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has finally committed to reopening Metrorail's central line within six days.

The Cape's busiest route has been down for more than five weeks.

That decision was taken following the murder of a Prasa security guard in Khayelitsha and the line has remained closed due to infrastructure damage.

Prasa CEO Cromet Molepo said: “The central line will be working before the end of next week. We have given the guys six days. We might even reopen it earlier.”

He's also revealed how the agency plans to improve safety and security.

“We have got now armoured vehicles which will be protecting the area 24/7. We will also be bringing in drones which will fly at night. And so we are starting to secure the area.”

Earlier this year, Prasa conceded its plan to secure the rail network was not working but now Molepo seems confident these new measures will ensure more safety.

CABLE THIEVES WARNED

Cable thieves have been warned of tighter security around the rail network.

Molepo says they won’t only be relying on manpower to secure the rail network.

“I’m saying to the thieves; your days are numbered. We’re reclaiming our rail infrastructure and when you try and steal out infrastructure, you’ll be caught as we’re starting to secure the area.”

More technicians will also be deployed to Cape Town to help restore services on the central line within six days.

The line is the busiest on the network and over the past few weeks commuters have had to make use of alternative modes of transport.

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