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Prasa denies unfairly dismissing driver

2011-05-27 20:35

Johannesburg - The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) on Friday rejected claims by the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) that it had unfairly dismissed the driver of a train which crashed.

"The agency stands by its decision to dismiss the driver and has followed due process in this regard," said Prasa group CEO Lucky Montana.

Prasa said it sent the driver a letter on May 21 giving him an opportunity to explain why he should not be dismissed after 857 people were injured when the train he was driving collided with another in Meadowlands a week ago.

Prasa said the driver ignored the deadline to respond to the letter and, as a result, his services were terminated.

However, Satawu accused Prasa of not following the right procedures and said it had dismissed the driver without giving him a chance to plead his case.

Prasa said the driver was given a final 12 month written warning for speeding six weeks before the Meadowlands accident.

Comments
  • jock.vanwyk1 - 2011-05-27 21:03

    fire him,he will make a good taxi driver

      Francois - 2011-05-28 20:21

      Let us hear the driver's side of the story. We need some laughter.

  • Skuinskoek - 2011-05-27 21:15

    High time these "above-the-law" types get the treatment they deserve. Feeling sorry for his family though - nad for those who suffer because of the accident.

  • kaMazibuko - 2011-05-27 22:51

    It's times like these when I really wish SA banned unions. Why are they publicly defending somebody who endangered people's lives intentionally ? Does that mean they don't care about the people who were injured or they just wanna be in the spotlight ? Coz I don't see them publicly defending other deserving members who were really unfairly dismissed Vavi might keep rumbling about a revolt against government coz of unemployment but he should know that his Cosatu is directly responsible for job losses in SA. All these strikes they like ORGANISING are scaring away investors and all business. Even when those strikes happen why dont make sure their members behave? If they start looting and damaging property, tell them no more negotiations with the employers, no salary increases and if u don't get back to work ull lose yo job and we wont help u. If Cosatu starts doing that than I'll be convinced they wanna ease high unemployment rates

      Chocolate? - 2011-05-30 13:21

      Ya Mazibuko,it saddens me that our very own Black people (Unions) use us for their own exposure and we suffer the consequences.Look at the Arora issue ?Its black Directors but still make us poor and poorer.

  • Zion - 2011-05-28 08:08

    It is obvious that there would be repercussions after the driver was fired. Had the union not done so they would appears as lame ducks. The driver is only a convenient sitting duck for the union's show of power. To hell with the driver anyway. He should be tried in a court of law but matters will be complicated because he has been tried in absentia and cannot be tried twice.

      Mikemcc - 2011-05-28 08:18

      @Zion, he has not faced any trial. It was an internal disciplinary procedure so there is still the option of criminal charges against him for negligence.

  • Zion - 2011-05-28 11:09

    It is obvious that there would be repercussions after the driver was fired. Had the union not done so they would appears as lame ducks. The driver is only a convenient sitting duck for the union's show of power. To hell with the driver anyway. He should be tried in a court of law but matters will be complicated because he has been tried in absentia and cannot be tried twice.

  • Monica - 2011-05-28 21:18

    He should go to jail causing the injury of so many people ignoring a red light.

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