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UNTUTimeslive reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) said at a press conference on Tuesday that trains were being hijacked every week and the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) was sitting on a ticking time bomb.  

A train hijacking is when commuters force train drivers to continue on a route they often do not know.  Untu spokesperson Sonja Carstens said trains were largely hijacked by commuters frustrated by trains running late or criminals robbing crews and passengers.  Untu general secretary Steve Harris said in a statement:  “When commuters force a train driver to continue a route unknown to him or her‚ the train driver drives blind.  They don’t know where there are signals or a turn or a steep curve on the route.  When forced-driving like this they can easily derail the train‚ which could result in fatalities.”  He added that rail safety was “deteriorating daily to such an extent that it is only a question of time before we see yet another serious train accident”.  Harris added that delays contributed to overcrowding on trains and commuters sitting “anywhere on the coach just to drive along”.

  • Read this report by Nico Gous in full at Timeslive
  • Read too, Prasa sitting on time bomb, warns transport union, at The Citizen

Read Untu’s press statement at Untu online

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