SA rail agency sitting on timebomb, warns transport union

CAPE TOWN – The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is sitting on the ticking timebomb of another serious train accident, the United National Transport Union (Untu) warned on Tuesday.

Untu general secretary Steve Harris said the safety of passenger trains in the country is deteriorating daily to such an extent that “it is only a question of time before we see yet another serious train accident”.

According to Harris, there has been an increase in train hijackings in Gauteng but that Prasa keeps quiet about the trend. A train hijacking occurs when commuters force the train driver to continue …read more