'Prasa has to hand over Metrorail to the City right now'

Civil society movement Unite Behind says the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) must urgently hand over beleaguered Metrorail to the City of Cape Town.

Metrorail has suspended services on Cape Town's Central line until further notice, due to vandalism and cable theft.

Unite Behind activist Zackie Achmat says the group plans to take Metrorail to court amid claims of negligence and corruption.

Read: Unite Behind report on state capture in PRASA shows irregularity of R2.5 billion

Achmat says as much as R2 billion has been spent by Metrorail on contracting security companies, with no notable improvement.

At the same time, Unite Behind has called on Capetonian motorists to help transport commuters who have been left in the lurch.

Also read: How Metrorail has itself to blame for WC security trainwreck (GroundUp uncovers)

We know that copper theft is a real problem, but we also know that Prasa has outsourced anything to do with security and monitoring of copper theft to all its corrupt buddies.

Zackie Achmat, Unite Behind activist

The questions we have to ask: Where is the money? Who is going to go to jail and how are we going to fix this?

Zackie Achmat, Unite Behind activist

I believe, right now, Prasa has to hand over Metrorail to the City of Cape Town.

Zackie Achmat, Unite Behind activist

The people who want to loot Prasa, don't want to hand [Metrorail] over.

Zackie Achmat, Unite Behind activist

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