The minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula together with the Provincial MEC for Transport, Weziwe Tikana Gxothiwe, Provincial Commisioner Lieutenant General of the SAPS Liziwe Ntshinga and Buffalo City Deputy Mayor Helen Neale-May launched the People’s Responsibilty to Protect Programme (PR2P) at East London railway station, yesterday.
“The PR2P that aims to create partnership between Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and the community is a mobilisation of society that targets the youth to patrol in all the train stations, stations are subjected to massive vandalism working with PRASA security and police.” said Buffalo City Metro spokesperson Samkelo Ngwenya
Deputy Mayor Helen Neale-May welcomed the dignitaries into the City and highlighting the significance of this programme “ This is an important event for our City because the rail network plays a huge role in improving the livelihoods of our people as they navigate the Municipality.” she said
She said that as the Buffalo City they have identified this particular mode of transportation as means to accelerate progress and expansion in line with the Growth and Development strategy in the Metro.
“The importance of this event is that we are aware that adequate transportation is linked to increased economic fortunes for the city and its people.” said Neale-May
Minister Fikile Mbalula said “It is our determination to turn the tide on this lawlessness that we have conceptualised the People’s Responsibility to Protect Project (PR2P) in the rail environment.”
“Our efforts to create a safe environment for those who rely on trains and protect the public assets, require the kind of partnership we are launching today with all stakeholders. Protecting these assets is a collective responsibility we must all shoulder.” He said
“The programmer employed 600 youths in the Eastern Cape to partner in this security plan.” said Mbalula
Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula, speaking at the launch in East London.