ISSUED BY TOMMY ABRAHAMS, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR TRANSPORT
years trains have been the cheapest and most convenient mass transport system
across the world. The rail system is one of our greatest assets and must be
managed as a convenience to all South Africans.
Criminals and thieves who damage this asset are launching a direct attack on the
South African public. They cause increase in ticket prices for everyone. The
trains belong to the public and the public must not allow criminals to deprive
us, even through vandalising trains, of our hard earned money.
It is ridiculous that commuters notice incidents but are slow to report these to
the police. It is our duty as citizens to report criminal incidents, and in such
a way prevent further ticket price increases.
It is however also necessary that the Criminal Justice system acts with greater
vigour against people who commit crimes that damage our public assets. It is a
shame that courts do not always appear aware of the massive disruption
cable-theft causes, and treats it as a petty crime.
It is perhaps necessary that hard labour be considered for offenders that damage
or disrupt public assets. Maybe it will help if they are removed far away from
people and trains by planting potatoes under strong supervision.
Mr Tommy Abrahams, MP
UDM Spokesperson on Transport
083 - 448 4924
29 August 2001