The dire situation at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has taken a turn for the worst after members of the United National Transport Union (UNTU) were forced to work in the dark at the Mabopane Station in the North West using their cell phone torches.
This station has no electricity due to the unprecedented vandalism and theft of the rail infrastructure over the past year.
Steve Harris, General Secretary of UNTU, says the fifteen members use a generator to provide them with light while they are selling train tickets and assisting commuters on the dark platform.
“The generator is not working since Friday. The result is that the UNTU members are forced to place their lives in danger to assist commuters. They only have the torches on their personal cell phones to provide light.
“There is no sign of the officers of the Rapid Rail Police Unit of the South African Police Service (SAPS) who are supposed to patrol the station and platform.
“This is totally unacceptable and Prasa must replace the generator immediately. There is no one at Prasa taking control and accountability after Nosipho Damasane, Prasa Chief Executive Officer of Rail, and Tebogo Rakau, Chief Security Officer, were fired last week.
“It is only a matter of time before criminals target these employees working under these conditions,” says Harris.
Issued on behalf of UNTU by Sonja Carstens, Media, Liaison and Communication Officer. For UNTU press statements phone Sonja on 082 463 6806 or e-mail email@example.com.