Train services fully operational in some provinces except Gauteng - Prasa

The unions planned demonstrations in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban on Friday.

FILE. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) on Friday said train services continued to run normally in some provinces except for Gauteng due to an ongoing strike by employees.

The planned strike by the United Transport & Allied Trade Union (Untu) and Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) seemed to have had minimal impact on the rail services.

The unions planned demonstrations in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban on Friday.

They were calling on President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare the rail system a crisis and a state of emergency and also demanding the army be deployed to protect rail infrastructure.

Prasa spokesperson Nana Zenani said: “Starting in the Eastern Cape, all the services are running there, in the Western Cape, they are also running at normal service. As well as in KZN. The only service that is running as a Sunday service is Johannesburg.”

Meanwhile, Fedusa said it wanted rail services to be improved.

Earlier on Friday, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced that government was working around the clock to improve the safety of commuters.

Untu's Steve Harris said: “It’s an inconvenience for commuters but at the end of the day, our demands will also affect commuters in the long run. If we can get a predictable service that is reliable for the commuters as well.”


Fedusa hoped the president would hear its call to declare the country's railway system a crisis and deploy the military to intervene.

Spokesperson Frank Nxumalo said: “The railway tracks across the country most of them on average are 70 years old. Originally, we had electronic signalling which has been destroyed by communities.”

He has likened the state of the railway system to the Cape Town gang crisis.

“Commuters and our drivers have been killed. It’s a tragedy what is going on there, so we also want the deployment of the army.”

The union delivered their seven-demand memorandum and said it expects a reply over the next week

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)