DA wants answers on Gautrain cable theft chaos

Neil Campbell MPL Spokesperson on Roads and Transport The DA will request an explanation from Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi on the cable theft that cast the Gautrain’s north-south line into chaos this morning. The supposed 20 minute delays between Hatfield and Johannesburg’s Park station were in fact much longer as frustrated commuters lined packed platforms and overcrowded trains. The DA commends the Gautrain operators for tending to the problem speedily and for keeping commuters informed and updated about the situation, both at stations and on Twitter. This represents a significant improvement in the manner in which technical problems and delays are dealt with and communicated to the train’s users. However, the DA had hoped cable theft was a thing of the past following the highly publicised incident that nearly crippled the Gautrain shortly after launch. I will accordingly submit questions to MEC Vadi requesting information on this incident and details on how the Gautrain’s infrastructure, and specifically its critical cables, are secured and protected from both theft and destruction. A world class commuter rail service must operate on par with the highest international standards, this includes preventing unnecessary delays through theft or vandalism of cables and other infrastructure.

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