A four-point action plan is being sent to deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa‚ in an appeal for his help to resolve the problems besetting rail transport. The DA’s Manny de Freitas‚ who focuses on transport issues‚ said the party was approaching Ramaphosa in his capacity as leader of government business to drive change in the rail sector to improve safety for commuters as a result of vandalism‚ cable theft and criminal conduct. He proposes that the government: • Appoint a capable‚ qualified‚ full-time board and executives at the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa). • Implement an emergency safety plan that includes a dedicated police service in the form of railway police to take over security operations‚ "as the current private security company is not fully equipped to combat crime and vandalism". • Order an urgent update as to the progress made in upgrading the current signal system "so that no manual signal is used‚ to therefore avoid unnecessary incidents of crashes‚ derailments and...

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