Station boozing a major issue

More latterly, the selling of alcohol at the site has also become a problem. Although Transnet is the owner of the land, the CPF has been patrolling the area and also constantly chasing away the undesirable elements.One nearby business owner who asked to remain anonymous said: “Many of these people are already drunk when they get here and then they want to buy even more alcohol. Some of them are just plain old alcoholics, and not associated with crime at all, but they are lumped together with the criminals who hang out on the trains.” Apparently alcohol is openly sold at the taxi rank and from the train itself.

Ward 6 councillor Craig Miller said:“The lack of response from Transnet (in cleaning up the station and clearing the undergrowth, among other things) creates a big issue for the community. The CPF is always patrolling and chasing away these people but they keep coming back.

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This has been happening for the past five years, we’ve held numerous meetings about this, including with Transnet. We’ve reached a point where we are thinking of taking the legal route to make Transnet comply.”
Miller added that the CPF would like to fence the whole area so the community could restore the station and renovate the old railway museum “so that people can use the area in a proper dignified manner”.

Zikhethele Sithole

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