Prasa explains train crash compensation

2011-05-30 12:44

Johannesburg - Compensation to those injured in two Gauteng train accidents was on a voluntary basis, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) said on Monday.

"Prasa reiterates its position that financial assistance to the two train accident victims is done on a voluntary basis to the affected individuals," said spokesperson Nana Zenani.

She said that those who opted for the financial assistance would sign an agreement that they would not pursue further legal claims, but this was carefully explained to claimants.

"The financial assistance is separate from medical costs which are being covered entirely by Prasa," she said.


Prasa was responding to allegations in the media that immediate compensation was being offered in order to stave off larger personal injury law suits arising from two train accidents this year.

On May 19, 857 people were injured when two trains collided in Meadowlands.

In early April, a train driver was killed and 200 people were injured in a rail collision between Akasiaboom and Winternest train stations in Pretoria.

"We are being up front, we are explaining to each person their options," Zenani said.

She said victims should be warned of "some unscrupulous lawyers" who might try to enrich themselves through victims' claims.

"We are also aware of cases where individuals have sought the legal route and have received around 20% of the total amount claimed from the lawyers."

Prasa was committed to supporting victims and would "act sternly and decisively" with employees who endangered the lives of commuters.

  • Badballie - 2011-05-30 12:54

    Only a fool would accept this, The railways are a service provider and as such are 100% liable for anything that happens to commuters on their trains, just the ANC trying to duck responsibility again, nothing new from a bunch of terrorists

  • Fran - 2011-05-30 13:02

    To the injured please don't sign anything, take them to the cleaners. They are protecting their skins by offering cents to injured people. Please sue them to the ground.

      Spoofed - 2011-05-30 13:07

      And where would these people find money for lawyers fees? you will find the majority will take the money gladly as court cases take time and you are not guaranteed a win, whereas cold hard cash can buy your family a nice hot meal. The railway company knows this...

  • saabnut - 2011-05-30 13:03

    Good old ANC- led show of responsibility. I am surprised they even offered them money. After all, all it took to get some of the votes was packets of potato chips... But wait- take the money, all you victims, or the ANCESTORS will be angry with you!

  • Zion - 2011-05-30 13:06

    Would be interesting to know how Prasa computes the level of compensation. Would the compensation depend upon the extent of the medical bill for that particular person. ie. The higher the medical bill indicates the severity of the injuries and hence the greater the compensation. Whatever the case the whole settlement issue seems dodgy.

  • Stephan - 2011-05-30 13:32

    @spoofed Most personal injury lawyers work on a no win , no fee basis , and only receive their fees at the end of a successfull case , so access to these lawyers are easy.

      Tigra - 2011-05-30 14:19

      Yes, but then they always take the monster share of the payments while the victims get peanuts. Access to unscrupulous lawyers are always easy... - 2011-05-30 15:23

      I agree with Tigra. remember PRASA can employ a top notch lawyer who will either win the case for them or delay it to the point where the victim dies of old age leaving them with nothing.

  • Kathy - 2011-05-30 13:55

    What a load of nonsense lets see what these poor people are offered, surely there is an Ombudsman who can come forward and offer assistance

  • Michael - 2011-05-30 14:03

    It's always boring to see how much publicity ANC from its non-supporters. I mean, really, are they that much dumb? They mention the word "ANC" more than they do of their own parties, morons! I wouldn't like to walk into a Mercedes dealership only to hear much about Volvo, from a Merc Salesman. I will walk away on the spot!

      Felix - 2011-05-30 14:09

      What's a Volvo?

  • fred703 - 2011-05-30 14:11

    the bitter fruits of non-discipline and affirmative action policies are being harvested. At the end of a long chain the good old taxpayers will have to cough again for some stupid baboon who has merely been fired. I am surprised that the unions aren't striking over the dismissal of their comrade?

  • revolution - 2011-05-30 14:39

    Baboons claims for the baboon's banana-money... totally chaos in SA! Unfortunately, the highly skilled experts are not allowed to work for government. It is baboon's responsible for this Banana republic!

  • Zwai - 2011-05-30 15:26

    I think the 20% they will receive from the lawyers will still be more that what they're getting from PRASA. So Prasa is actually worse than the lawyers

      Smindlo - 2011-05-30 15:37

      agreed, lets say you sue these incompetent cadres for R1 million...20% of that is way bigger than the R10K peanuts they want to give to these people.

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