‘Railway Safety Regulator and Prasa playing Russian roulette with lives'

Following Tuesday’s Metro rail train crash, the issue of cable theft is in the spotlight.

On Tuesday, a train rear-ended a stationary locomotive, and although an investigation is underway, it appears as though human error was to blame as a result of cable theft.

Deputy General Secretary at United National Transport Union Sonja Carstens joined Mandy Wiener on The Midday Report to discuss what should be done, and who’s responsible for the crash that took place.

Carstens says that it’s Prasa’s responsibility to ensure that the trains are running safely. She adds that it’s also the responsibility of the Railway Safely Regulators to be the watchdog of Prasa and to ensure that Prasa complies.

This is not happening says Carstens. She adds that the Railway Safely Regulator only barks threats at Prasa every time something like a train crash occurs.

Carstens says that when it comes to the actual implementation, the Railway Safely Regulator completely ignore their own directors. She adds that the accident that happened on Tuesday shouldn’t have happened.

The Railway Safety Regulator and Prasa are playing Russian roulette with the lives of commuters.

Sonja Carstens, Deputy General Secretary at United National Transport Union

The police are simply throwing their hands in the air by saying that it’s not their responsibility to protect Prasa’s infrastructure says Carstens.

We had a dedicated railway police service in the 1980s, this was demolished with the promise that there would be a dedicated railway police force within the South African police service.

Sonja Carstens, Deputy General Secretary at United National Transport Union

Carstens says that such a unit exists, but are found at few railways station.

Listen to the audio below to hear what Prasa's Sipho Sithole said about the matter...


This article first appeared on 702 : ‘Railway Safety Regulator and Prasa playing Russian roulette with lives'


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