Prasa denies unfairly dismissing driver
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.