Metrorail trains have been delayed more than usual as a result of the torching of carriages at the Cape Town station this week.
I have today written to the Western Cape Regional Manager of Metrorail, Richard Walker, to urge him to do everything possible to ensure that damaged carriages are repaired in time to address commuters needs during the peak summer season. I also call on the Railway Police and Metrorail to work speedily in pursuing those responsible, some of whom might be Metrorail employees.
The crippled Metrorail service will cut off access to opportunities to those who need it most. As we head into the peak season for tourism in the Western Cape, job-seekers need a reliable mode of transport to get to work. We can hardly afford to drag the repair process out for months.
It is of utmost importance that we work together to restore and improve the commuter rail transport system in the province.
Metrorail in the Western Cape is already a battling service, which is plagued by violent crime. We must ensure that the needs of commuters are met and that people can get to work and children can get to school, without fear of being attacked.