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Fedusa gives Gauteng Transport MEC Friday deadline to meet demands

Workers in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban embarked on a demonstration over unsafe working conditions

A Metrorail train arrives at the Cape Town station. Picture: @CapeTownTrains/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Metrorail workers affiliated to union Fedusa gave Gauteng Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo until next Friday to respond to their demands.

Workers in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban embarked on a demonstration over unsafe working conditions

Fedusa's affiliate Untu called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene.

Fedusa called on the national defence force to be deployed along with the police to safeguard infrastructure.

The union also called for the prosecution of people who commit infrastructure related crimes.

Spokesperson Frank Nxumalo said, “Originally we had electronic signalling and it has been stolen and destroyed.”

He said they also want workers affiliated to Untu to stop running trains manually.

“In 7% of the cases we use signalling manually to control the movement of trains and it’s not efficient and it's dangerous.”

Untu said the president has until next Friday to intervene and give a way forward on the train system.