Cape Town gets 100 new railway cops

Metrorail in Cape Town has been hit hard with arson over the past year, with hundreds of railway coaches set on fire.

Now 100 new railway cops are being hired.

Read: Metrorail train fires a deliberate action of arson but motive unknown Also Read: #UniteBehind condemns the recent arson attack on Metrorail trains

Cape Town’s new railway cops will be on duty by the end of September.

A R16-million budget for the pilot project was approved on Wednesday by the City of Cape Town mayoral committee.

Speaking to John Maytham, Mayoral Committee Member (MMC) for Transport Brett Herron says they agreed within the City, Prasa and the province to establish a dedicated unit within the city's policing structures to operate on the rail infrastructure as a pilot project.

Each of us, Prasa, province and the city would pay a third of that and so what happened today was that the mayoral committee approved the appointment of the 100 officers and they should be on the ground hopefully by the end of September.

Brett Herron, MMC for Transport

Listen below to the full interview...


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