The Passenger Rail Agency (Prasa) will soon announce a security plan to protect its rail infrastructure. But it appears to be too little too late.
The network across the country has been pillaged by thieves and will cost hundreds of millions of rand to get operational again.
eNCA visited stations along routes in the north, west, and south of the capital city.
The only line still operational is the one to Mamelodi — it is one of four in the whole country still working.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has conceded that the system has been left vulnerable.
“The approach Prasa had begun to take is to insource security,” Mbalula said.
The station and the lines around Pretoria and the station were unguarded and sometimes home to people living rough.
This is apparently about to change.
“We’ve got a security plan for Prasa which we are going to unveil in the next coming weeks once the accounting authority has settled.
“I’m confident of that plan,” the minister said.
Mbalula could not say what it would cost to restore the network.
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