IFPGP Condemns the Burning of Train Carriages in Soweto

14 March 2013        

IFP Gauteng Province (IFP-GP) is concerned by the report explaining that three train carriages at Mlamlankunzi railway station in Orlando East, Soweto were torched yesterday, parallel to the threats to burn down the Gautrain in Pretoria. 

The IFP-GP condemns the burning of carriages and the threats to set alight the Gautrain. And we slam this culture of violence that has overwhelmed our country with cases such as Marikana and the recent violent truck drivers strike in Gauteng. 

Although the IFP-GP timelessly argued that Gauteng's transports system doesn't take the poor citizens needs into considerations, the party strongly feels that the burning of these resources is a violation of other people's rights, who are using this transport to get to their working and educational fields. And for this to happen in the month of Human Rights is unacceptable and regrettable. 

Therefore, "The IFP-GP would like to remind the people of Gauteng that it is our responsibility to work together with this government in looking after its current transport resources instead of destroying the very same means of transport which many poor people depend on for subsistence" IFP Caucus Leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) Bonginkosi Dhlamini, said. 

Additionally, "We call upon the relevant authorities to begin to actually start designing a transport system that caters not only for the well-off using the Gautrain but also the vast majority of Africans. And to ensure that those vigilantes are brought to book for their misdeeds", concludes Dhlamini. 


IFP Caucus Leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature
Bonginkosi Dhlamini; 071 622 7523


IFP Media Liaison Officer
Musa i; 074 387 3509/011 489 6401