Activist group plans mass march over state of rail services

Unite Behind is arranging a mass action for early next month to highlight the abysmal state train services are in, particularly in Cape Town.

FILE: Fire crews and other law enforcment officials on the scene at Koeberg station to determine the cause of the blaze. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - An activist group has urged government to declare the commuter rail service a national disaster.

Unite Behind is arranging a mass action for early next month to highlight the abysmal state that the country's train services are in, particularly in Cape Town.

The group has blamed state capture, in part, for destroying governance and operations at rail authorities, such as Prasa.

Unite Behind's Lumkile Sizila says: “People are buying tickets but they’re not getting the full service. So we want people to raise their concerns to Prasa bosses.”

(Edited b Shimoney Regter)