Pretoria train stampede injures 17

2012-05-10 13:00

Pretoria - A total of 17 people were injured in a stampede at Pretoria's main Bosman train station on Thursday.

Tshwane emergency services spokesperson Johan Pieterse said 10 seriously injured commuters were taken to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital.

Seven others were taken to the Tshwane District Hospital with slight injuries.

Commuter Tshepo Mashele, of Mamelodi East, blamed the stampede on the overloading of trains, which he said was a daily occurrence.

"We are exposed to pushing and shoving every day. Unfortunately many people got injured today [Thursday]," he said.

"We don't understand why we are treated like inferior human beings... despite the recent fares hike," he said.

No comment from Metrorail

Metrorail introduced a 27% train fare hike, on average, on April 1.

Mashele said Thursday's chaos was sparked by poor communication methods and the unreliability of trains.

"People had to push and shove, at the same time having to guess where the train is going. The staff here [at Bosman station] do not communicate with commuters," he said.

Another commuter, Jeff Khupane of Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria, warned that if the train service was not urgently improved, more horrific accidents would occur.

"More people have no option but to use these unreliable trains, due to the prohibitive fuel price," he said.

Metrorail staff at the Bosman station declined to speak to the media.

They said their marketing department, which would take media inquiries, was on an internal course somewhere. Another Metrorail spokesperson reached by phone declined to comment.

  • Gregory - 2012-05-10 13:05

    Oil gate , toll gate , parking gate , rail gate. This government is in a shambles. The only thing the can do properly is eat cake behind closed doors.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-10 13:16

      This is terrible. Glad no one died. Metrorail have some serious issues that need to be addressed.

      Piet - 2012-05-10 13:19

      Cake??? Caviar and Moet...

      Louanne - 2012-05-10 13:22

      You are so right Gregory. Everything they touch turns to shyte !!!

      Rob - 2012-05-10 13:27

      They are also pretty good at stealing..... Oh wait, no they aren't even good at that.

      benlloyd.roth - 2012-05-10 13:29

      more trains, more often. stricter policing and more police vizibility at stations. if europe and the rest of the world, including other 3rd world countries can manage that why not us. people would not mind paying more if services worked, but paying more to be stampeded....not cool!

      Gieljam - 2012-05-10 13:40

      Stampede? Where did all these misbehaved bodies come from Africa? What happened to the old civilized Rush Hour?

      david.arendse - 2012-05-10 13:53

      With out making this overly political... we have proof that it is possible to build and maintain a 1st world train system - the Gautrain... so pls tell me PRASA and Metrorail, why are you still so pathetic!! Maybe Bombela and the Gautrain guys should show you how train services are meant to work!!

      Piet - 2012-05-10 14:00

      David, How many BEE deals are involved in Gautrain?

      Nigel - 2012-05-10 14:22

      Yes but they do that very well Greg.

  • philschalkwyk - 2012-05-10 13:09

    And under whose control is Metrorail? You guessed it, good old ANC.

  • Piet - 2012-05-10 13:14

    Another BBBEE success!!!

  • clinton.badenhorst - 2012-05-10 13:18

    Tshepo Mashele - If you guys enter and exit trains in an orderly fashion, no one will get hurt! It's because most of you don't feel a f%^K for the next person. As long as you can get out first, you are happy. There is over enough place for everybody if you guys just occupy the train wagons evenly. But no... All of you want to stand close to the door so that you can be one of the first to exit!

      Bzeng - 2012-05-10 13:40

      Tsepho Mashele it's because you never used metrorail. people want to get into the train and also get a seat. You don't have a clue how these poor people have to travel. You want to stand next to the door so you can get off easy. And tel me how do stand evenly in a train that is filled with triple overload onboard.

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-05-10 13:49

      Bzeng... - if you were speaking to me... I have used Metrorail MANY times! I have seen how "these" people get in and out of the carriages. It's pushing and shoving all the way! Then when you look inside, there is nobody in the isles. One or two people maybe. When the exits are PACKED! The trains won't go anywhere until the operator sees that there is nobody near the the train. Keeping an orderly fashion will ensure that everybody can get on and off without getting hurt.

  • The-third - 2012-05-10 13:18

    Or you can start behaving in an orderly fashion, that also works.

  • Kala - 2012-05-10 13:22

    ""We don't understand why we are treated like inferior human beings... despite the recent fares hike," he said." Here is why: Metro Rail is a parastatal entity ie Owned by the Government. The Government is currently the ANC. The ANC were, in all probability, voted in by you. The ANC don't really care about your plight as there are no elections this year. I hope this clears up your lack of understanding.

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-05-10 13:33

    I said this before. These fuel hikes/toll gates will kill us all... but it'll kill them first.

  • gaeleen - 2012-05-10 13:36

    V.Bad planning for entire dept to be 'off' on same day - think this is more of a hiding behind 'skirts' move. The transport infrastructure in SA needs urgent addressing - trains and buses - please government get your act together. If these means of transport were more efficient and reliable more people would use them i.e. less road users - government needs to be inovative and forward thinking - hell if you need ideas let us know I am sure that there are some brlliant ideas ut there that will be workable. Don't eat the money use it for what it is intended - TRANSPORTATION

  • E=MC2 - 2012-05-10 13:36

    ""We don't understand why we are treated like inferior human beings..." but carry on voting ANC...

      Kala - 2012-05-10 14:23

      Its logical to some. To others its as difficult to comprehend as E=MC2

  • Siphiwo - 2012-05-10 13:38

    Thanks God, no deaths. We hope that, Metrorail, will look into this issue of trains being overcrowded and come with a better solution and plan. I hope.

      Warren - 2012-05-10 18:09

      @ Siphiwo: I have a simple question I ask myself every time I hope something will change... Will it make a (positive) difference to the responsible person's bottom line (salary)? In this case the formula is as follows: Money for more train engines + money for more carriages = Less Christmas bonus!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-10 13:39

    you should ask your great party ANC and their leader Zuma whats going on?

  • Rowan Cranston - 2012-05-10 13:40

    What did PRASA expect after announcing their fantastic "comfort feature" coaches? I wonder what their excuse will be this time?

  • china.phashe - 2012-05-10 13:48

    They just can't maintain the transport means that is already there for the people.What's going on with this CNA government,everything is deteriorating .South Africans deserve better services than all this nonsense.

  • Israel - 2012-05-10 13:49

    The poeple who are using trains are unrully even if metro-rail can improve their services/security. Please don't blame Metrorail on this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • randomhero6661 - 2012-05-10 13:55

    solution? oust the current government!

  • gaeleen - 2012-05-10 13:57

    in response to Pythagoras & Thirdwors - you miss the point completely There are insufficient trains to transport the people. If you actually went and experienced what the passengers experience daily you would not be so blase in your response. No signage; train delays; no electricity = no trains; not enough coaches = no space; missing train = no pay. Why don't you 2 go and try the railway transport. Let the scales fall off your eyes...........

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-05-10 14:02

      Hahahahaha! I wonder why???????????????? Maybe because half the trains have been burnt out already due to the same people using them complaining of service delivery when half of them don't pay any train fair?????? It's a viscous cycle and it will just get worst! Some things you just can't fix. Especially when dealing with people like these! LOL!

  • Ishmael - 2012-05-10 14:02

    Welcome 2 africa! You board a train at your on risk. After all, it's only ur vote that count..what happens next..nobody cares. Nobody will feel sorry for u when u shoot yourself in the foot and cry foul thereafter! Next time be wise. Because it is only your vote that count..and nothing else.

      tshidiso.mmola - 2012-05-10 14:20

      Thats sad.

  • Nigel - 2012-05-10 14:19

    Well if you only know how to be destructive and to behave like a moron I suppose that's what one has to do?

  • hqmountnelson - 2012-05-10 14:31

    Why do I feel more for the Impalas?

  • Jeremy - 2012-05-10 16:01

    Metrorail endangers people's lives every day. In Europe, the train will not go anywhere if the train doors are open, taking the train in Cape Town is sometimes more dangerous than an un-liscenced minibus taxi. I think though, that the biggest problem with Metrorail's relationship with it's customers is that there is absolutely no communication. There should be up to date, relevant, properly audible (that means loud enough and correctly pronounced) announcements every few minutes, on all platforms and in all carriages. Metrorail, GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-10 16:30

    The standard response to this is: if the monies that had been budgeted for train upgrade and maintenance actually reached that department then these awful incidents would not have happened. Ask the ANC to explain why this happened.

  • Tumelo More - 2012-05-10 19:00

    metrorail customer servive is bad it made by black people for black people,no one is concerned

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