Cosatu protest an electioneering stunt - City of CT

Cosatu led a demonstration yesterday, calling for improvement in transport services in Cape Town.

Cosatu members at the City of Cape Town offices, protesting over poor public transport. Picture: Ilze-Marie Le Roux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says that the Congress of South African Trade Unions' public transport protest is nothing more than an electioneering stunt.

The trade union federation led a demonstration yesterday, calling for a drastic improvement in transport services in the city.

It delivered memoranda to the municipality, Metrorail, the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the provincial government, giving them until next month to respond.

The city's Brett Herron says that dragging the MyCiti bus service into the dispute is just an election ploy.

"And I think that yesterday's protests and including the City and the MyCiti bus services is a pure election stunt. Yesterday, when I was there to receive the memorandum, there were several references to 3 August, the date of the elections."

Herron also says that the city has no say in Metrorail matters.

"For the last four/five years I've tried to work with Metrorail to assist them to improve their safety and security of the trains, accessing the trains on stations and they're just not cooperating with us."