Department of Transport
The Passenger Rail Agency (PRASA) Integrated Security Plan has been launched.
Speaking at the launch, the transport minister, Fikile Mbalula, declared that the “re-imagined safety strategy is built on the foundation of a seamlessly integrated value chain that incorporates all the law enforcement and prosecution authorities and takes a holistic view of safety across modes”.
These include SAPS, the Hawks, the National Prosecuting Authority, Metro Police and the Railway Safety Regulator.
The minister also pointed out that the prevalence of crime in the rail environment has reached alarming levels.
“Theft and vandalism of critical infrastructure in our railways not only place the lives and livelihoods of those who rely on trains in danger, but also have dire consequences on the economy.”
According to the minister, the Plan is a product of a collaborative effort with the ministers of police, state security, justice and correctional services as well as the National Prosecuting Authority.
The integrated Plan to police and secure the rail infrastructure is anchored on five pillars:
• Intelligence gathering, analysis and coordination;
• Proactive approach;
• Combat approach;
• Reactive approach through detection; and
• Communication and liaison.
The minister described the plan as an “intelligence-driven plan that will enable us to find these criminals wherever they hide, in their homes, in their communities, in their workplaces”.
The department is committed to setting up a compact with communities on the ground so that communities play an activist role in protecting public infrastructure and expose criminal networks.