The South African Passenger Rail Agency (PRASA) has stepped up safety and security measures on the railway, recruiting more than 8,000 security staff for the 2022-23 financial year.
This was stated by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, who addressed parliament on Wednesday during the budget vote.
FULL SPEECH: The Minister of Transport, Mr. Fikile Mbalula, is giving the Parliament a vote on the budget for 2022/23. pic.twitter.com/661bm808Lg
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Mbalula says vandalism of railway infrastructure has demanded increased security. He says the goal is to ensure the safety of passengers.
“Implementing our security intervention has come into force using a full set of eight thousand hundreds of security in Prague and building walls in some parts of Prague and fencing and others to continue what was historic and open networks in recognition of the central role of providing safe and secure transport services “.
A number of stations in the Cape Town area have suffered a number of attacks on railway infrastructure. Other stations across the country have been affected by cable theft and other acts of vandalism.