Cosatu transport protest a 'schizophrenic' election stunt - Cape Town councillor

2016-07-12 17:50

Cape Town – The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the Western Cape protested the state of public transport in Cape Town on Tuesday, a move which the City labelled an election stunt.

Cape Town councillor Brett Herron received the memorandum from Cosatu on Tuesday, which calls for reliable and safe transportation.

Cosatu also demanded refunds for workers who lose wages due to getting to work late.

They also called for the City of Cape Town to prioritise transport in areas such as the Cape Flats.

Herron said it was clear that this was an electioneering stunt for the ANC.

"This latest stunt from Cosatu to target the City through their protest action is ironic, if not dishonest and schizophrenic," he said.

He agreed that Metrorail was in a state of crisis.

Herron said, even though Metrorail was managed by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, a state-owned enterprise, the City was assisting their partners from Metrorail as often as they could.

They had been working to expand the MyCiTi network by connecting Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain with Claremont and Wynberg, he said.

This was the planned Phase 2A of the MyCiTi service, according to Herron. 

Metrorail Regional Manager Richard Walker said they were studying the memorandum from Cosatu.

He said overhauling the aging rail system was expected to take 20 years.

"The more immediate challenge is to stabilise and sustain the current train service by improving and rehabilitating existing infrastructure and rolling stock to last at least another ten years, until a critical mass of modernised assets can vastly improve service levels," he said in a statement.

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