Yesterday a Gauteng Legislature staff member was robbed at gun-point of his computer, smart-phone and wallet by five thugs.
Whilst there is unfortunately nothing unusual about such incidents in South Africa, the fact is that numerous people are being mugged on an ongoing basis right outside the Gautrain Park station.
Several GPL members and staff have already been subjected to similar acts of violent robbery.
Errol Braithwaite, the Bombela spokesperson, has stated that the contract with Bombela’s security company precludes security officers from operating outside the Gautrain stations- albeit only a few feet from Gautrain property.
The police, as usual, seem to be incapable of deploying undercover officers to identify and arrest the perpetrators.
The total inability or unwillingness of the SAPS and Bombela to address this crime issue is totally unacceptable.
Public transport is rightly identified as the only solution to traffic congestion – but an absolute requirement for efficient public transport is the safety of the commuters it carries.
The problem is compounded when existing public transport remains unreliable – as has been the case with the recent Rea Vaya bus strikes.
As a result of the strike, Rea Vaya commuters are forced to use the Gautrain bus service, creating delays and overcrowding, leaving many no other options but to walk.
The DA calls on the Gauteng Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS, Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba, and Bombela to take immediate steps to stop the daylight muggings outside Gautrain stations.
Neil Campbell MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Roads and Transport
082 387 2540