Maswangayi condemns shooting of Metrorail security guard
January 10, 2018
Johannesburg, South Africa: Minister of Transport, Joe Maswangayi says The Department of Transport awaits the report that is to be issued by the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR). The report will detail findings regarding the two train collisions that took place on January 04 and January 09, 2018.
The Investigations are still being conducted by the RSR team and the results are expected to be released soon.
Whilst updating the media about the findings that have been made thus far, Maswangayi said the recommendations that will be made will be applied to improve South Africa’s transporting system.
“It is incidences such as these that corroborate the decision by government to invest billions in the PRASA station modernisation, signalling programme and fleet renewal programme. These investments will ensure that incidences such as these become a thing of the past,” he said.
The minister also reiterated government’s commitment to provide a reliable, cost effective, efficient, safe and modernised transport services.
Maswangayi also stated that he was pleased with the swift response by the RSR, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and Emergency Services, following the two Metro Rail trains that collided Tuesday January 09, 2018, at the Geldenhuis Station, East of Johannesburg.
PRASA confirmed that they restored rail operations following the removal of both the affected trains and the fixing of the damaged perway. The affected Springs line were also cleared as operations resumed this morning.
Affected trains were as well re-commissioned by PRASA to ensure there were no further delays on the train sets in the Springs line.
Maswanganyi also strongly condemned the shooting of the Metrorail Security guard at the Khayelitsha train station in Cape Town on Tuesday evening and sent his condolences.
PRASA is working together with the South Africa Police Services (SAPS) to arrest perpetrators who are involved.
In the interest of customer and employee safety, the train services are currently suspended until police clearance is granted to resume the operations at the Khayelitsha Station.
The minister also sent his apologises for inconveniences that were caused to the passengers, their families and business as a result of this occurrence.