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Civil society group calls for intervention over Metrorail ticket price hike

Public Transport Voice said they have written to the Transport Minister on several occasions without success.

Commuters jostle to get onto a train at Phillipi Station on 20 April 2016. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A group of Cape Town train commuters want Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Transport Minister Dipuo Peters to intervene in what they say is a dire situation with Metrorail in the Western Cape.

Civil society group Public Transport Voice yesterday held a picket outside Prasa offices in Cape Town in protest of a looming train ticket price hike.

It claims at least 10,000 people have signed a petition opposing the increase which comes into effect on 1 July.

The organisation is calling for the two government ministers to find other ways to fund Metrorail, instead of commuters carrying the burden.

The organisation's Dalton Ndongeni said they have written to the Transport Minister on several occasions without success.

"We do believe now it's high time they listen to us as people because it's seems as if they're concerned about money more than the services that they're giving to us. So we're appealing to them that they must find a proper way to fundraise for Metrorail."

The group also wants national government to assist in the upgrade of all train stations, improve on-board safety and engage in more consultation with commuters.

A Prasa official accepted the memorandum and said it will provide a response within seven days.