A full bench of judges at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein is expected to hear arguments on Thursday in a case between Swifambo Rail Agency and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa says they’re committed to put in place a turnaround plan to deal with the problems currently facing Metrorail trains in the Western Cape.
Transport Minister Blade Nzimande has appealed to both the passenger rail agency, Prasa and the Railway Safety Regulator to find an out of court settlement in the interest of millions of metro rail commuters.
Hundreds of commuters using Passenger rail agency Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa) Metrorail have been left stranded and forced to seek alternative transport on Tuesday morning.
The Passenger Rail Agency’s Interim CEO, Sibusiso Sithole, says recovery plans are being crafted to help better the organisation.
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) says it will begin disciplinary proceedings against at least ten employees implicated in a number of reports including that of former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s 2015 derailed report.
Transport minister, Blade Nzimande has asked for an urgent meeting with the PRASA Management and Board to discuss the incident during which the Railway Gagency’s Board Chair, Khanyisile Kweyama was hijacked last week near her home in Johannesburg.
Second senior Prasa member hijacked and later dumped, without being hurt in recent month.
The continuing decline in passenger rail investment is making it difficult for the rail industry to provide an efficient alternative transport to commuters.
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has paid more than R213 million to victims of train crashes in the past three financial years.