Chairperson, the ANC condemns the vandalism and setting of fire on trains in Gauteng recently. Some of the affected station includes Park Station, Maritzburg, Braamfontein and Germiston. It is alleged that in Park station a number of criminals possible entered the station attacking and looting some of the shops. Breaking glasses, tickets windows more alarming however was the stoning of the train resulting in a broken wheel shield. It is alleged that the act of vandalism coincide with Prasa attempted termination of security contracts which would have put many security guards protecting the railways out of work.
As the ANC we want to argue that we would not allow harassment and criminal activities to happen in our safe stations. We understand that the issue of losing jobs is a concern to every citizen but we cannot allow vandalism and sabotage. These trains belong to the nation of South Africa, setting them on fire and vandalism is a crime against the people.
There is nothing to justify such crime. The ANC urges the South African Police to be vigilant and arrest those
responsible for crimes of this nature. The perpetrators should be charged and a clear message has to be sent, that we would want to condemn any criminal activities. Thank you.