Chaos erupted at Cape Town station when angry train commuters went on the rampage on Monday, setting alight several and looted a number of shops.
Chief Executive of Prasa, Lidikhaya Zide, apologised to train commuters who were affected by these disruptions on Monday.
He condemned the looting of shops and described the incident as criminal behaviour saying that it will not be tolerated.
Zide says that he has written to national government to intervene in the matter of cable theft which is affecting the effective running of the rail system in the Western cape.
We apologise to our commuters for the inconvenience caused, we did everything we could do in the circumstances. But we cannot tolerate the level of criminality...— Lidikhaya Zide, Chief Executive of Prasa
If we as South African want to have outstanding leadership, we should as commuters stop the criminality that is inflicted on our assets.— Lidikhaya Zide, Chief Executive of Prasa
Zide emphasised the fact that Prasa is dealing with the issues of infrastructure that has reached its end. He says there is money that its been put aside to deal with the re-signaling of the rail system.
Infrastructure unfortunately is not a shelf issue that you walk into a shop, buy and put it there, and it is done. It is going to take us five years.— Lidikhaya Zide, Chief Executive of Prasa
We are requesting our commuters to be patient wit us as we are trying to deal with a number of issues that are impacting on our signaling.— Lidikhaya Zide, Chief Executive of Prasa
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