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ANC condemns attack on Prasa staff

M Sibande

The ANC condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the reported attack on a female train driver and 10 other Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) staff members along the Pretoria Pienaarspoort corridor last week. The newly introduced Metrorail train was pelted with stones at Eerste Fabrieke Station in Mamelodi where the crew and security officials were harassed and some sustained injuries. The Pretoria incident is regrettably one in a series of assaults on Prasa passengers, staff and infrastructure around the country.

The ANC calls for Prasa and law enforcement agencies to do their utmost to bring offenders to book. We also called on commuters to work with Metrorail security services and law enforcement agencies to ensure those responsible for acts of vandalism face the full might of the law. We condemn the actions of people who destroy public assets and abuse fellow citizens who are doing their best to deliver services to communities. We cannot allow criminal elements and hooligans to disrupt rail services in our communities and damage public transport infrastructure. We are looking forward to the measures that the Department of Transport has committed itself to in addressing this situation and to normalize the situation around Prasa services.

I thank you

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