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metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that one hundred members of the new Rail Enforcement Unit began their maiden voyage at Cape Town train station on Monday.  

During a short trip to Salt River station, the unit was witnessed in action as they made their first arrest when, what appeared to be tik, was discovered in a commuter's bag.  The unit will play a critical role in safeguarding rail infrastructure and commuters, mayoral committee member for transport, Brett Herron, said during the unit's launch.  In May 2018, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape government signed a memorandum agreeing to the establishment of the unit.  Plans for the unit hit a snag when it was reported that Prasa had failed to honour the agreement by not paying its R16m share in September.  The rail agency recommitted to the memorandum and the contribution was paid.  Prasa regional manager Richard Walker said the inter-governmental co-operation was a "watershed moment" and congratulated all parties involved.  MEC for Transport, Donald Grant, also acknowledged the importance of the deployment.

  • Read this report by Christina Pitt in full at News24
  • Read too, Cape Town’s new train police hit the tracks, at TimesLive

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