The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape welcomes a joint decision by the Provincial Department of Transport & Public Works and the City of Cape Town to extend the deployment of the Rail Enforcement Unit by one year. The new Memorandum of Agreement will now terminate on 30 June 2020.
Daylin Mitchell, MPP says: “The Rail Enforcement Unit is a crucial addition to ensuring safety on trains and rail transportation infrastructure as part of the DA-led Western Cape’s goal of reviving and restoring a safe, efficient, and reliable public rail transportation system for our residents.”
Between October 2018 and June 2019, the Unit has conducted 13 637 stop-and-searches on trains and platforms, made 157 arrests, and issued 231 fines to the value of R210 000. The Unit’s extended deployment will ensure that public rail transportation receives the necessary law enforcement support to sustain its operations.
MPP Mitchell concludes: “Public rail transportation was identified as a key issue as part of the DA’s provincial election campaign and we have not forgotten the promise we have made to the people of the Western Cape. A functional rail transportation system remains a priority for our government in providing the services our residents so deserve”.
The DA in the Western Cape will continue to push for the devolution of the mandate of rail transportation to sub-national governments, as outlined in our provincial manifesto. We will continue to support rail transportation services in our efforts to provide a world-class system where we govern.