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prasaNews24Wire reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) says it is fully committed to its part in the establishment of a special Rail Enforcement Unit, pledging to pay its R16m contribution towards the deployment of an additional 100 officers.  

The rail agency's contribution, which it reaffirmed at a meeting on Wednesday, is part of a joint venture between it, the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape government, for a pilot project in terms of which the unit is to be set up.  Prasa‚Äôs announcement came after Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development Brett Herron blasted the rail agency for failing to pay its R16-million contribution.  "Prasa is committed to working with all the parties involved in the proposed pilot project.  The matter regarding the outstanding payment of the Prasa contribution to the pilot project will now be escalated to the Prasa board," acting CEO Martha Ngoye said.  In May 2018, all three parties signed a memorandum of agreement, agreeing to the establishment of the unit.  However, Herron claimed that despite numerous reminders to Prasa executives, its contribution was never paid over.  Meanwhile, on Saturday Herron wrote an urgent letter to Nzimande requesting him to declare a state emergency over the state of the railway system, after an attack between Lynedoch and Eerste River the previous day.

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