Lobby group wants ministers’ intervention over ‘dire’ Metrorail services

The group held a picket outside Prasa's CT offices yesterday in protest against a looming train fare hike.

Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

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

Public Transport Voice, a civil society group, yesterday held a picket outside Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) offices in Cape Town, to protest a looming train fare hike.

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

The organisation's Dalton Ndongeni says they've written to Peters on several occasions without success.

"We are willing to take them to the highest court in the land as it seems they are ripping us off. There are no improvements and we have a bad experience every day."

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 yesterday and says it will provide a response within seven days.