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prasaThe Star reports that thousands of security guards have been left unemployed after the Passenger Rail Agency SA (Prasa) terminated contracts with their companies across the country.  

On Monday, the Prasa board announced that it had resolved to terminate contracts with private security companies because it was not getting value for money as crime and cable theft continued to be problems.  Acting CEO Nkosinathi Sishi also said the contracts had been appointed irregularly by the previous board.  The contracts were terminated at the end of October.  “From now onwards, we are going to work with police and the committee of all State Security agents.  From 1 November, they’ve been a part of our security effort.  Already, progress has been made towards ensuring an increase in train sets, availability, improved on-time performance,” Sishi said.  But security guards claim they have hung out to dry after working for the rail company for more than 20 years.  One of the workers said:  “Our contracts were supposed to end in June but we have been working month to month since then.”  Another guard said that in June Transport minister Fikile Mbalula had promised that insourced guards would be hired so they were surprised to be fired.  While their contracts have been terminated, they still report for duty.

Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Tebogo Monama at The Star


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