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Half of Soweto train victims paid out

2011-06-06 18:00

Johannesburg - About half of those involved in a train accident in Soweto have received financial compensation, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) said on Monday.

"As at June 2, Prasa has granted financial assistance to 445 of the reported 857 train accident victims so far," spokesperson Nana Zenani said in a statement.

A total of 425 commuters received R7 500 each and 20 got R10 000 each, totalling R3.4m.

"We've made a commitment that all medical costs will be covered by Prasa separate from financial assistance...we have not set a limit or criteria on which injuries we are willing to cover," group CEO Lucky Montana said.

On May 19, a train collided with a stationary train in Meadowlands. The driver was dismissed after it was found he went through two red signals and was speeding.

Comments
  • SaintBruce - 2011-06-06 18:49

    I recall the 'deal' with the payouts was to sign a waiver of any further claims that may arise out of the injuries. Yet Prasa says it will cover medical costs seperately from the accident compensation, but to what extent? To say we have not set a limit does not mean a limit COULD be set once the flood of medical costs starts to come in! I really wonder if this is the right way to handle this matter?

      Barry - 2011-06-07 08:12

      @ SaintBruce I agree. This was just a trick to "pay out so quickly" These people are gullible to accept such a paltry sum. Exactly ......."the payouts was to sign a waiver of any further claims that may arise out of the injuries."

  • trunkbutt - 2011-06-06 19:23

    Gimmie da money whitey!

  • Worldwise - 2011-06-06 23:00

    Thats quick. Les van Minnen had to fight all the way to the constitutional court just to get metrorail to admit that they were responsible for the safety of passengers after his 21 year old son was murdered on a train on his way back from studies. But then Les was a previously advantaged citizen, even though he was of modest means. All those receiving payouts for this accident should give a minutes thought for the years long battles Les fought to get metrorail to admit responsibility. Without him metrorail would have wiped their backsides with the claims of the present victims.

  • Neil - 2011-06-07 02:03

    I say up the payout to R50 000 to anyone with a valid ticket for that journey. It would save PRASA millions.

  • TGSA - 2011-06-07 07:55

    Quite incredible how easy it is for PRASA just to hand out R7,500 to most passengers (no wonder they were happy, getting more than one month salary), OF TAX PAYER MONEY! OK, it was a bad accident but medical bills are paid by PRASA (tax payer) too, so why such high payments, to mostly passengers with (luckily!) few injuries?

      Masendelakho - 2011-06-07 07:59

      So you would prefer these passengers to take PRASA to caught and in effect get much more than the payouts from PRASA?

  • Ascendo Tuum - 2011-06-07 09:36

    "The driver was dismissed after it was found he went through two red signals and was speeding" Ex taxi driver??

      Zebedi - 2011-06-07 15:33

      No, future taxi driver.

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