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bladenzimandeANA reports that Transport Minister Blade Nzimande on Monday slammed a call by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to declare a state of emergency with regard to rail transport in the Western Cape.  

Insisting that national government was “seized with work to restore Metrorail services in the province”, he went on to say:  “This call by the DA is dishonest, opportunistic and political manoeuvering that seeks to exploit the dire situation confronting rail services in the Western Cape.  I rebut this political posturing in the strongest terms.”  Nzimande urged the DA, which governs in Cape Town and the Western Cape, to deal with service delivery, including providing housing, electricity, and improved social infrastructure, which would “go a long way to deal with the state of vagrancy and crimes targeted at the rail network.”  He added government was investing billions of rands in reviving ailing rail infrastructure and services in the province, which has been hit hard by arsonists and armed gangs in recent months.  Nzimande also said additional security measures were being deployed.


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