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Cosatu demands urgent action from government to curb the spate of deadly train accidents
10 January 2018
The Congress of South African Trade Unions is deeply disturbed by the train accidents that are becoming more frequent by each passing day. This follows the train crash at the Geldenhuys train station in Germiston that left more than 200 commuters injured. This follows on the footsteps of the deadly Sosholoza Meyl deadly incident in Kroonstad that left nineteen passengers dead.
We send our condolences to the families of the dead passengers and wish the injured passengers a speedy recovery.
These train accidents are a reminder that the business as usual approach is not viable when it comes to our public transport system. Most of our public transport remains woefully inadequate both in quality and in quantity.
Most workers continue to be confronted by an expensive, unsafe, and unreliable public transport system on a daily basis.
This is made worse for workers because spatial settlement patterns remain largely reflective of apartheid, where black and coloured people were pushed to peripheral townships and informal ghettos outside city centres and far from workplaces.
The promise of massive investment in our run-down commuter rail services has been grossly mismanaged.
We are calling on the ANC NEC and the State of the Nation Address to pay particular attention to this problem of a fast deteriorating public transport system. The Minister of Transport needs to come up with a tangible and coherent programme to improve the accessibility and safety of our public transport system. We demand a proper enforcement of safety and employment regulations in the industry. The federation shall be intensifying its campaign for an integrated, reliable, accessible and affordable transport system in the country.
Issued by COSATU
Sizwe Pamla (National Spokesperson)
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