Destruction of infrastructure robs the poor of services

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Cabinet has, in a statement on Thursday, expressed concern at the destruction of transport infrastructure in the country.

“This undermines government's commitment to take services to historically disadvantaged communities. No amount of unhappiness should result in the destruction of public property. Such destruction serves to rob the poor of much-needed services,” said Cabinet.

Two Metrorail trains were set alight on separate platforms at the Germiston station earlier this month. The damage caused by the suspected arson is estimated at more than R6 million.

Last month three trains in Cape Town were simultaneously set alight.

Cabinet called members of the public to be vigilant and work with law enforcement agencies to bring those responsible to account.

The Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster will deal with the matter accordingly. 

Meanwhile, Cabinet joined President Cyril Ramaphosa in expressing sadness at the tragic passing away of more than 27 people in a multiple vehicle accident on the N1 North in Limpopo at the weekend.

“Road users are urged to exercise caution on our roads and must ensure that they obey the rules of the road at all times,” it said. –