Satawu: Unions not to blame for Prasa’s protracted suspensions

It’s emerged that over R37 mln has been paid in salaries to more than 2,500 suspended Prasa workers.

FILE: All employees were suspended on full pay, with some of them having been on suspension for more than a year. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), says it's not to blame for protracted suspensions at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).

It's emerged that over R37 million has been paid in salaries to more than 2,500 suspended Prasa workers.

All employees were suspended on full pay, with some of them having been on suspension for more than a year.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has blamed what she calls "interference" by trade unions for the drawn-out suspensions.

Peters also blames a shortage of investigative staff.

Satawu's Zenzo Mahlangu says trade unions are not at fault.

"It' unfortunate that there's incompetence of investigating officers and presiding officers. I would not expect an institute of this magnitude not to have people who can preside over cases. It means when they start saying we don't embrace the culture of discipline, that they are failing in doing their part because we do our part."