Train Driver Wilson Khambani (51), as seen in the photograph on your left is a proud member of the United National Transport Union (UNTU), and will always be grateful to the most progressive Union in the transport sector for assisting him in saving his job today.
Wilson was involved in a SPAD (signal passed at danger) at Driehoek in Germiston in the presence of a section manager.
He was driving the route for the first time after four months and was not aware of the positioning of the signals.
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), charged Wilson with gross negligence, putting the assets of the company in danger and putting the lives of commuters at risk.
Michael Mashige, #UNTU Branch Chairman for Metro Pretoria as seen in the photograph on your right, assisted Wilson and objected to the fact that the employer did not charge the train driver within the specified 30-day period, nor did Prasa apply for condonation in time. The case was dismissed.
“I am very grateful. Job security is of utmost importance for all UNTU members. Wilson would have faced possible dismissal if he was found guilty and I am grateful that UNTU could assist him.”
Wilson says he will forever be a grateful and loyal member.
“Michael has a very big heart. He was there for me every day while I was going through a very difficult time. I will always remain loyal to UNTU,” he says.
Caption: #UNTU train driver Wilson Khambani (51) Michael Mashige, #UNTU Branch Chairman for Metrorail Pretoria, at Shosholoza Meyl Junction in Braamfontein after the charges against him was dismissed.
Issued on behalf of UNTU by Sonja Carstens, Deputy-General Secretary responsible for Media, Liaison and Communication.