Transnet increase security along railway line

2016-05-24 06:00

SUBSEQUENT to the article published in the Hillcrest Fever on 10 May 2016, “Winter crime on the rise”, Transnet adhered to the pleas of the community to increase security along the railway line.

Speaking to the Fever, Selby Mdu, Dlamini the senior manager of corporate affairs for Transnet Freight Rail said, Transnet Freight Rail takes the concerns of the community in a serious light.

“To this end there have been joint meetings between Transnet representatives, members of local SA Police Services (SAPS), local Community Policing Forum (CPF) and the representatives of the local communities,” said Dlamini.

“Out of these meetings the following initiatives have been introduced: security guards have been deployed at the unoccupied buildings. Monitoring of the effectiveness of the security service will be done jointly with local SAPS and CPF. This is an interim measure whilst a more sustainable solution is pursued.”

In addition Dlamini said that an external contractor was appointed to manage vegetation on the line.

“We have noted the feedback from the residents on the inadequate frequency of cutting the vegetation. We have accordingly requested a detailed report from the contractor. On the basis of this report we will decide on appropriate adjustments on the current process.”

“It was further agreed to continue holding the above-mentioned joint meetings with a view to finding sustainable solutions acceptable to all parties,” Dlamini concluded.

However Steven King the Hillcrest SAPS CPF spokesperson said that although they are grateful that Transnet is willing to make an attempt to clean up along the railway reserve, it does not help the residents who live along the line in the interim.
“What we need now is decisive action to prevent any further loss of property and possibly lives.

“We need the deployment of more than just two guards to patrol between Kloof and Botha’s Hill, what we need is at least a dozen or more armed guards with radio communication linked to the respective neighbourhood watches who would be notified in the event of the guards noticing suspicious activity.”

King said that this will enable the respective neighbourhood watches to notify their residents of any possible threat. “Since the last article was published two weeks ago we have had more break-ins and at one address three burglaries in one night.

“Unfortunately we can not let bureaucracy and red tape delay this process any further and we are making an urgent appeal to Transnet to get these guards in place by the end of May,” he added.

“What we need now is decisive action to prevent any further loss of property and lives.”

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