Eskom shouldn't have cut Prasa’s power in CT - Parly transport committee chair
Parliament’s transport portfolio committee chairperson Mosebenzi Zwane said it was unfortunate to involve ordinary people in matters they knew nothing about.
Zwane said it was unfortunate to involve ordinary people in matters they knew nothing about.
Tens of thousands of Metrorail train commuters were left stranded on Thursday for hours at platforms when Eskom cut power to Cape Town’s entire rail network. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) failed to settle its electricity bill with the power utility.
Power was eventually restored after the rail operator paid up.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula apologised to Western Cape train commuters after the service was suspended.
#WC_Trains Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula addressing media after Eskom cut Prasa’s power due to non-payment, leading to the suspension of the entire Metrorail system this afternoon. KB pic.twitter.com/d2xT3SIlEZ— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) February 27, 2020
Mbalula on Thursday night addressed media at Cape Town train station, saying they met with Treasury not only to demonstrate the importance of allowing Prasa to retain the current baseline allocation but to also convert a portion of the capital budget to alleviate the operational budget challenges.
"I've explained that this is a broken place that we are reconstructing. So it's not a place that is easy. It's not like when the lights go off and we can't explain. I'm a minister and I've got to explain. I'm responsible for Prasa," he said.
Additional reporting by Kevin Brandt.