Cosatu decries state of public transport in Cape Town

Cosatu has handed over a memorandum to key role players demanding improved public transport.

Cosatu members at the Civic Centre in the Cape Town CBD. Picture: Ilze-Marie Le Roux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has handed over a memorandum to key role players, including Metrorail's Richard Walke, demanding improved public transport.

The memorandum was handed over in front of around 200 Cosatu members at the Civic Centre in the Cape Town CBD this afternoon.



Different Cosatu affiliates earlier addressed the cheering crowd raising grievances around policing to the upcoming local government elections.

Their main demand, however, remains safe, reliable and affordable public transport.

The union has also asked that MyCiti buses be redirected through the Cape Flats, where they say the need is more urgent.

The memorandum calls on Metrorail, the City of Cape Town, the Cape Chamber of Commerce as well as provincial government to improve the reliability and safety of public transport.



Cosatu member Percy Faatimah says she feels unsafe using the trains.

"The trains are always late and we lose money at work when we arrive late. That's my problem."

Walker admits safety is an issue.

"They are willing to work with us to find solutions."

The trade union has given role players until 17 August to respond.