Comment on train arson

2020-01-14 06:00

Albert Fritz, provincial minister for community safety, has called on the public to submit comments that will aid the Western Cape Police Ombudsman (WCPO), in completing a thorough investigation into the police’s inability to bring anyone to book regarding the series of train arson attacks in the province.

On Thursday 12 December, a notice was published in the Provincial Government Gazette inviting comments from the public on the investigation before Friday 31 January.

Fritz has called on the public to ensure their comments are submitted by the deadline.

He approached the WCPO last year to investigate why police had been unable to identify or arrest suspects involved in the number of train arson attacks, which have severely impacted on the Cape Town rail system.

“I encourage members of the public to provide their comments to enable the ombudsman’s office to make an informed finding and recommendations. Submissions regarding the investigation can be made up until 31 January 2020,” says Fritz.

The written representations should be marked for the attention of Mr JJ Brand and delivered by hand, post, e-mail or fax as follows:

By hand: 6th Floor, NBS Waldorf Building, 80 St Georges Mall, Cape Town 8001

By post: Private Bag X9043, Cape Town 8000

By e-mail: ombudsman@wcpo.gov.za

By fax: 021 483 0660

“I have been informed by the WCPO that in the interim, the investigation will continue with interviews and the gathering of evidence.

“I am reassured by the progress made and look forward to the outcome of the investigation,” Fritz says.

Albert Fritz, provincial minister for community safety, has called on the public to submit comments that will aid the Western Cape Police Ombudsman (WCPO), in completing a thorough investigation into the police’s inability to bring anyone to book regarding the series of train arson attacks in the province.

On Thursday 12 December, a notice was published in the Provincial Government Gazette inviting comments from the public on the investigation before Friday 31 January.

Fritz has called on the public to ensure their comments are submitted by the deadline. He approached the WCPO last year to investigate why police had been unable to identify or arrest suspects involved in the number of train arson attacks, which have severely impacted on the Cape Town rail system. “I encourage members of the public to provide their comments to enable the ombudsman’s office to make an informed finding and recommendations. Submissions regarding the investigation can be made up until 31 January 2020,” says Fritz.

The written representations should be marked for the attention of Mr JJ Brand and delivered by hand, post, e-mail or fax as follows:

By hand: 6th Floor, NBS Waldorf Building, 80 St Georges Mall, Cape Town 8001

By post: Private Bag X9043, Cape Town 8000

By e-mail: ombudsman@wcpo.gov.za

By fax: 021 483 0660

“I have been informed by the WCPO that in the interim, the investigation will continue with interviews and the gathering of evidence.

“I am reassured by the progress made and look forward to the outcome of the investigation,” Fritz says.

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