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Prasa explains: 'The president's train ride started on a bad day'

19 March 2019 8:41 AM
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Prasa Group Strategy Officer Dr Sipho Sithole says the section which the president travelled through is manually authorised.

As part of the African National Congress (ANC) election campaign, President Cyril Ramaposa took a train from Soshanguve to Pretoria on Monday.

Watch: President Ramaphosa caught a train to Pretoria...and it was very late!

However, the train ride didn't go as planned.

Read: Journos describe 2-hour late train ride with Ramaphosa who vows heads will roll

The train that Ramaphosa was travelling on, arrived two hours later to its destination, Ramaphosa apologised for the poor state of the country’s rail infrastructure to commuters and vowed 'heads would roll' at Prasa.

702's Bongani Bingwa spoke to Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) Group strategy officer Dr Sipho Sithole.

Sithole says Prasa faces ongoing challenges at Prasa and attempted to explain what caused Monday's train delays.

I would be the first person to say that we have run out of excuses and reasons as to why these things happen but unfortunately, things happen and they happen almost every day.

Dr Sipho Sithole, Group strategy officer - Prasa

What the president experienced yesterday, is exactly what our commuters experience every day.

Dr Sipho Sithole, Group strategy officer - Prasa

The president's train ride started on a bad day as one of our female drivers was hit with a brick by commuters who were upset that their train had been delayed.

Dr Sipho Sithole, Group strategy officer - Prasa

The driver was then forced to enter a section she wasn't allowed to go as she feared for her life which led to that train blocking all other trains that were behind it including the train the president was in.

Dr Sipho Sithole, Group strategy officer - Prasa

When that train was cleared to move, then the president experienced the real-life situation that commuters go through on the network.

Dr Sipho Sithole, Group strategy officer - Prasa

The sections through which Ramaphosa was travelling have severe speed restrictions in place as they are operating under manual authorisation, Sithole adds.

Listen below to the full interview:


19 March 2019 8:41 AM
Tags:
PRASA
Metrorail
Train
President Cyril Ramaphosa

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