Friday, June 28, 2019

Metrorail delays has been considered

The commuter have to wait and see Metrorail’s upcoming plans to provide sufficiently services. This follows after Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula planned to travel from Chris Hani Station to Langa Station earlier this week, however, trip did not go as planned due to long delay and further massive delays caused by two deaths along Central line. The minister had to abandoned train and used his ministerial escort instead to get to Langa. Absence of clear plan and empty promise to fix broken rail system been feed to commuters led to intolerance situation.

Death report said that occurred due to overcrowding, poor infrastructure and violent crime. Delays and cancellations were causing workers lose jobs and learners lose school time.

Deliberate demands to the Minister
• Declare the commuter rail services a national disaster.
• Establish a skilled and ethical Board with a commuter representative.
• Charge all those involved in state capture.
• Establish a safety and security plan for commuters.
• Set out a clear six-month plan to bring 2,000 damaged coaches back into operation.
• Reimburse train tickets after delays.

On Thursday morning Metrorail has apologized to their customers for delays impacted entire region after small group of employees elected to disregard PRASA procedure to raise their concerns. In that incident, after the management responded and the employees resumed work shortly thereafter

By: Mandlenkosi Mde

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