SA railway services running despite strike action by Fedusa and UNTU – Prasa

One of the Prasa newly aquired AFRO4000 locomotives at the Pretoria Central Station on 13 July 2015. Picture: Christine Vermooten

Fedusa reportedly wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare the passenger rail crisis a national disaster.

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) said on Friday that train services were running smoothly despite FEDUSA and UNTU union members embarking on a strike.

Prasa spokesperson Nana Zenani said employees not affiliated to Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) and United National Transport Union (UNTU) members were not on strike. As a result, only a few employees had not reported to work while some only reported at certain times.

“There have been no incidents reported thus far,” she said.

Marches have been planned in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, and Pretoria on Friday morning to protest poor and dangerous passenger train services. Unions have pointed to perpetually late trains, deliberate acts of arson and endless fatal accidents as key points of contention.

Fedusa spokesperson Frank Nxumalo said: “Fedusa wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare the passenger rail crisis a national disaster and deploy the army to stabilize the situation while crafting a decisive way forward.”

– African News Agency

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