COMMUTERS ANGRY AFTER TRAIN DELAY
*Caption: A train in motion at Delvillewood, Cator Ridge New Line
Written by: Samkele Sokhela
Cator Ridge train commuters have threatened to burn down trains if they continue to arrive late as they have been infamously doing so recently.
Commuters using the New Line were left not knowing what to do and fuming Monday, when the 1088, which is an afternoon train, stopped at the robots near the Marianhill Station for six hours.
PRASA Spokesperson, Zama Nomnganga said that they have been having distractions in railways because of a train that got out of its tracks two weeks ago, just after Kwa-Ndengezi Station.
“We urge our people to be patient with us. We have been experiencing difficulties with the trains not being on time, because we had one incident where one of our trains accidently got out of its track. However, we are doing all in our power to solve this matter,” said Nomnganga.
Mthokozisi Mayaba, who arrived in Hammarsdale after 01:00 blamed the Railway agency and accused them of being selfish and inconsiderate.
“Ever since PRASA took over (from Metrorail), they have been providing us with a disgraceful service. I left the workplace at 16:30 and got in Berea Station around 5pm and then the train arrived around half pass, and guess what time I got at home?” questioned Mayaba.
“I got home around 01:30 in the morning. And I had to wake up at 5 O’clock and go back to work. That meant I rested three hours. They don’t care about what we are going through, this has been going on for years now. They are being inconsiderate,” concluded Mayaba.
Some commuters such as Sandile Madonda, who lives in Dassenhoek, spent his ‘last money’ catching taxis after waiting for hours.
“After waiting for hours for the robot to let us through, we had no choice but to use taxis with the last money that we had,” said Madonda.
“We are all using trains to get to work because we cannot afford taxis. We are sick and tired of PRASA. It’s either now they make us their priority, or these trains will be on flames,” threatened Madonda.
However Nomnganga warned that those who are threatening to burn the trains will face the law.