Man fights to get Gautrain footage

2013-05-04 22:26
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Johannesburg - A pensioner has called on the consumer watchdog to help him force Gautrain bosses to release video footage of him falling down an escalator, it was reported on Saturday.

Geoff Saevitzon, 77, who has a heart condition has been struggling since last year to get security footage needed by his doctor to make a diagnosis, the Sunday Times reported.

Saevitzon and his cardiologist told the newspaper that the tapes would reveal whether he tripped or fainted, which would then guide his future treatment.

However, the Bombela Operating Company which runs the Gautrain refused to release the footage and said it would invade the privacy of other passengers.

Saevitzon was now hoping that the National Consumer Commission would intervene to force the company to release the footage.

In a response to an email sent by the cardiologist to Bombela Operating Company, the chief executive Alain Esteve turned down the request citing pieces of legislation.

"When interpreting the content of your emails... it is clear you are not seeking to protect any personal right [under the Promotion of Access to Information Act], rather that you are expecting that we extend a courtesy to your medical assist him to accurately diagnose an existing medical condition," Esteve was quoted by the newspaper.

Acting national consumer commissioner Ebrahim Mohamed said the complaint would be investigated.
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