For Immediate Release
23rd June 2022
SATAWU IS PLEASED WITH PRASA RESUMPTION IN EAST LONDON AND GQEBERHA IN THE EASTERN CAPE
The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) wants to applaud the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) in the Eastern Cape for resuming its services as from today the 23rd of June 2022 in East London and Gqeberha corridors. The resumption of the services is indeed a huge relief to our Workers, Members and Commuters generally. Our people rely on Metrorail services as it is the most affordable transportation throughout the country. We do believe that the past six months have been very challenging to our members in East London and Gqeberha.
The services were suspended early this year in January due to vandalism, cable theft and technical faults. Several cases have been opened and still ongoing in different regional courts in the Eastern Cape. SATAWU is pleased with the work done by law enforcement agencies for arresting the perpetrators. To vandalise the infrastructure in our stations is not only a risk of security and safety to our members but it is a huge sabotage to our economy.
SATAWU wants to inform its members and workers that it has called on PRASA to deploy additional security in the Metrorail stations of which it has done so as part of its recovery plan. It is very clear that we are at war with these criminals looking at the number of cases nationwide. We want to reiterate that we will come to the bottom of this criminality.
The Union is very dedicated in bringing efficient, safe, affordable and respectable service delivery to its members. We would once more wish to commend PRASA for the resumption of its services in the Eastern Cape.
Issued by SATAWU
General Secretary Cde Jack Mazibuko : 082 660 4793
Deputy General Secretary Cde Anele Kiet : 071 021 1903
Head of Communication Amanda Tshemese : 062 945 7217