Winde condemns torching of trains

2019-06-06 06:00
Premier Alan Winde. PHOTO: samantha lee

Premier Alan Winde. PHOTO: samantha lee

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Newly-elected Western Cape premier Alan Winde condemned the latest torching of a train at the Cape Town central station, saying such attacks endanger the lives and livelihoods of residents in the province.

This comes after three trains were allegedly set alight within 24 hours on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 May.

Winde stated that the “arson attacks” on the trains endangered the lives of the city’s residents and impact the entire rail system while crippling the economy. “We will fight to take over the management of the rail system in the province from national government so that trains are safe, work and run on time,” Winde said.

He further said that the department of community safety has offered R100 000 for information that will lead to the arrest and prosecution of alleged train arsonists.

Following president Cyril Ramaphosa’s new cabinet announcement, Winde said that he will request a meeting with minister of transport Fikile Mbalula and police minister Bheki Cele in order to discuss a way forward. “The financial impact of these attacks extends far beyond the replacement costs of carriages, as train delays will impact people’s ability to get to work, productivity, and ultimately the economy of this province.”

“These acts of criminal violence are self-serving and do nothing to improve dialogue or service delivery in the province,” Winde added.

Bonginkosi Madikizela, provincial minister for transport and public works and his community safety counterpart, Albert Fritz visited the station on Wednesday morning. They called an urgent meeting with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and the City of Cape Town to discuss the way forward and review the contract to improve rail safety.wil l comment as week goes

Newly-elected Western Cape premier Alan Winde condemned the latest torching of a train at the Cape Town central station, saying such attacks endanger the lives and livelihoods of residents in the province.

This comes after three trains were allegedly set alight within 24 hours on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 May.

Winde stated that the “arson attacks” on the trains endangered the lives of the city’s residents and impact the entire rail system while crippling the economy.

“We will fight to take over the management of the rail system in the province from national government so that trains are safe, work and run on time,” Winde said.

He further said that the department of community safety has offered R100 000 for information that will lead to the arrest and prosecution of alleged train arsonists.

Winde said that he will request a meeting with minister of transport Fikile Mbalula and police minister Bheki Cele in order to discuss a way forward.

Bonginkosi Madikizela, provincial minister for transport and public works and his community safety counterpart, Albert Fritz visited the station on Wednesday morning to assess the damage. wil l comment as week goes

Newly-elected Western Cape premier Alan Winde condemned the latest torching of a train at the Cape Town central station, saying such attacks endanger the lives and livelihoods of residents in the province.

This comes after three trains were allegedly set alight within 24 hours on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 May.

Winde stated that the “arson attacks” on the trains endangered the lives of the city’s residents and impact the entire rail system while crippling the economy. “We will fight to take over the management of the rail system in the province from national government so that trains are safe, work and run on time,” Winde said.

He further said that the department of community safety has offered R100 000 for information that will lead to the arrest and prosecution of alleged train arsonists.

Following president Cyril Ramaphosa’s new cabinet announcement, Winde said that he will request a meeting with minister of transport Fikile Mbalula and police minister Bheki Cele in order to discuss a way forward.

“The financial impact of these attacks extends far beyond the replacement costs of carriages, as train delays will impact people’s ability to get to work, productivity, and ultimately the economy of this province.”

“These acts of criminal violence are self-serving and do nothing to improve dialogue or service delivery in the province,” Winde added.

Bonginkosi Madikizela, provincial minister for transport and public works and his community safety counterpart, Albert Fritz visited the station on Wednesday morning. They called an urgent meeting with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and the City of Cape Town to discuss the way forward and review the contract to improve rail safety.wil l comment as week goes

Newly-elected Western Cape premier Alan Winde condemned the latest torching of a train at the Cape Town central station, saying such attacks endanger the lives and livelihoods of residents in the province.

This comes after three trains were allegedly set alight within 24 hours on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 May.

Winde stated that the “arson attacks” on the trains endangered the lives of the city’s residents and impact the entire rail system while crippling the economy. “We will fight to take over the management of the rail system in the province from national government so that trains are safe, work and run on time,” Winde said.

He further said that the department of community safety has offered R100 000 for information that will lead to the arrest and prosecution of alleged train arsonists.

Winde said that he will request a meeting with minister of transport Fikile Mbalula and police minister Bheki Cele in order to discuss a way forward.

“These acts of criminal violence are self-serving and do nothing to improve dialogue or service delivery in the province,” Winde added.

Bonginkosi Madikizela, provincial minister for transport and public works and his community safety counterpart, Albert Fritz visited the station on Wednesday morning. They called an urgent meeting with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and the City of Cape Town to discuss the way forward and review the contract to improve rail safety.wil l comment as week goes

Newly-elected Western Cape premier Alan Winde condemned the latest torching of a train at the Cape Town central station, saying such attacks endanger the lives and livelihoods of residents in the province.

This comes after three trains were allegedly set alight within 24 hours on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 May.

Winde stated that the “arson attacks” on the trains endangered the lives of the city’s residents and impact the entire rail system while crippling the economy.

“We will fight to take over the management of the rail system in the province from national government so that trains are safe, work and run on time,” Winde said.

He further said that the department of community safety has offered R100 000 for information that will lead to the arrest and prosecution of alleged train arsonists.

Following president Cyril Ramaphosa’s new cabinet announcement, Winde said that he will request a meeting with minister of transport Fikile Mbalula and police minister Bheki Cele in order to discuss a way forward.

“These acts of criminal violence are self-serving and do nothing to improve dialogue or service delivery in the province,” Winde added.

Bonginkosi Madikizela, provincial minister for transport and public works and his community safety counterpart, Albert Fritz visited the station on Wednesday morning.

They called an urgent meeting with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and the City of Cape Town to discuss the way forward and review the contract to improve rail safety.wil l comment as week goes

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