Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Dr Ismail Vadi, reacted with shock to the attack of a woman in the vicinity of the Gautrain Centurion Station on Saturday, 5 March 2016. Joanne Atkin, a Midrand resident, was attacked by a robber while walking to nearby shops in Centurion from Centurion Station.
MEC Vadi said, “I’m saddened by this action and wish Joanne Atkin a speedy recovery. This is a criminal and inhumane incident and we all should treat it as such rather than using it to instigate racial slurs in our communities.”
It should also be noted that the reason why the Gautrain Management Agency could not confirm the incident was because the case was only reported late on Tuesday at the Lyttleton Police Station, MEC Vadi added.
“The safety and security of all passengers is paramount to the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) and the Bombela Concession Company (BCC). Stringent measures are in place to ensure that the Gautrain System is safe and secure. Crime is a social ill that is destroying our nation. Thus we all have to speak out against it and report such incidences to the police,” emphasised MEC Vadi.
The GMA will set up a meeting with the South African Police Services to discuss the increase of police visibility and presence around the Gautrain Stations (especially at the Centurion Station). A similar arrangement is currently in place at Rhodesfield Station.