The Railway Safety Regulator of South Africa says Prasa’s trains are operating without a valid safety permit, which expired at midnight.
The regulator has taken the drastic decision not to renew the permit, as the previous one was already in place with special conditions.
Joanne Joseph spoke to the Regulator’s Herman Bruwer, an Executive in the office of the Acting CEO, to find out more.
He explains why the permit was cancelled.
During 2016 already, Prasas application for permit had certain shortcomings and through their operation we as the regulator had to issue a couple of directives, some of them being prohibition directives.— Herman Bruwer, an Executive in the office of the Acting CEO
Unfortunately where we are now, their application for a safety permit came through during the month of May and June, we came to the conclusion that we are convinced that Prasa cannot convince us that they have the commitment and necessary leadership to undertake safe railway operations....— Herman Bruwer, an Executive in the office of the Acting CEO
Bruwer says the agency missed a 27 July deadline to provide reason as to why they should be granted a permit.
We received very late yesterday afternoon letters and some action plans. Well beyond the deadline. Therefore we need time to assess the application and the letters.— Herman Bruwer, an Executive in the office of the Acting CEO
Prasa's national spokesperson Nana Zenani says they have not received an official letter with instructions to stop operations.
When we submitted the documents to the railway safety regulator we asked for an extension, we asked for more time on the permit.— Nana Zenani, Prasa spokesperson
We cannot simply cease operations, we have to have a negotiated way in which we manage this. We are in a bind because we also have the thousands of people that we need to move each day. There has to be an internal discussion.— Nana Zenani, Prasa spokesperson
Bruwer says a letter rejecting Prasa's application for a new permit was issued on the 16th of July.
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