- The Gauteng Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) want to hold Fikile Mbalula responsible for the state of Transnet
- Only seven of the 34 commuter lines are in operation, a major reason for this is the rampant theft of Transnet infrastructure
- The MKMVA will march on ANC headquarters on Monday to hand over their demands
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The Gauteng Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) has made it clear, they want the Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula arrested for allowing the train service to fall into disrepair.
The veterans said that they would make their demands when they march on the ANC headquarters on Monday.
Only seven of the 34 Metrorail lines are in operation across the country and the seven that are working are operating at limited capacity according to Times Live.
This is due to the increase in cases of theft which has plagued Transnet with everything from overhead cables to fuel being stolen.
Briefly.co.za learned that in some cases, entire train stations have been ruined, which is the case in Jeppe, Johannesburg and in Cape Town, a settlement in Langa has been created on the tracks.
The MKMVA will be joined by SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) Gauteng, the Congress of SA Students (Cosas) Gauteng, and the SA National Cargo Transport and Drivers Association (SANCATDRA) on its march on Monday.
“Among other issues, the march is focusing on the plight of the poor and forgotten freedom fighters, rampant corruption in the country, the demand for the arrest of apartheid killers, the arrest of transport minister for the damaged railway network, the plight of truck and taxi drivers, crime and gender-based violence,” the organisation said.
It added: “Overall the march is in support of the ANC's official economic policy programme for Radical Economic Transformation (RET). The pro-RET economic transformation Resolutions of the 54th National Conference of the ANC, with specific reference to the expropriation of land without compensation and the nationalisation of the SA Reserve Bank (SARB) among others, must be implemented forthwith fully.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Transnet continues its fight against thieves who are picking the rail network apart, piece by piece. Two managers of an Alberton business on the East Rand have been arrested for allegedly stealing R25-million worth of Transnet goods.
The men were in possession of the property which was described as "Transnet infrastructure". The two were charged with breaking the Criminal Matters Amendment Act and Second Hand Goods Act and were arrested on the scene according to The South African.
In other news, the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture heard bombshell testimony against ex-Transnet CEO Brian Molefe and former Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba.
Secret witnesses testified from undisclosed locations, voices altered about the questionable behaviour they witnessed during their employment as bodyguards for top officials.
Allegations were made of multiple visits to the Gupta Saxonwold compound, detailing how they witnessed bags filled to the brim with cash.
Molefe spoke to 702, denying ever having received cash during these visits with the family:
"In that testimony, nowhere does the driver say he saw me coming out with cash from the house or that he saw them giving me money. I listened carefully and I could not find where he says it was definitely cash he had in his bag."
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