- More than 80% of Gauteng's train stations have been vandalised since the country went into lockdown early last year
- Thugs have reportedly removed the stations' windows, cables and doors, among other valuable material
- Fikile Mbalula said Mzansi government is working on solutions to fix the problems at train stations
Over 80% of Gauteng's train stations have reportedly been vandalised. They have been stripped of anything of value and hundreds of commuters are now stranded.
Train stations were left unguarded in the province after President Cyril Ramaphosa placed the country under strict Level 5 lockdown early last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak.
Thugs have reportedly stolen cables, handrails, windows and doors at the stations, among other things.
IOL reports that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said the government was coming up with interventions to fix the problems at train stations. Passenger Rail Agency of SA (PRASA) spokesperson Bane Ndlovu said they were attending to the matter with urgency, according to the publication.
EWN reported that new PRASA CEO Zolani Matthews aims to rebuild and repair the organisation.
Matthews even invited employees to suggest ways to improve the company. Matthews said during an engagement session at Pretoria station he believes employees know how PRASA operates and asked everyone to work together to repair and rebuild this company.
A few social media users have shared their thoughts on the state of train stations in Gauteng.
"Brought to you by the corrupt @MYANC and the incompetent @MbalulaFikile."
"We told you last year to #PutSouthAfricansFirst but you don't listen, now you want to talk about it."
"@MbalulaFikile you're making progress with collapsing a functional entity."
"Please vote for the ANC again. No trains, no aeroplanes, just taxis that kill you!"
In other news, Briefly News reported that ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe advised President Cyril Ramaphosa to set the truth free at the State Capture Commission on Wednesday, 28 April.
The Mineral Resources and Energy Minister said he told the ruling party's president to speak the truth when he appears before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. In an exclusive interview with EWN, Mantashe emphasised that he told Cyril Ramaphosa to be truthful when he testifies at the inquiry because "lies have short legs".
"Never try to manufacture the truth. State facts as you understand them... Lies have short legs."
ENCA took to Facebook and said that the focus on Ramaphosa's testimony is on ANC issues and cadre deployment.
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