PRETORIA – The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has blamed criminal behaviour on President Cyril Ramaphosa being stuck in a train for over two hours on Monday morning.
Ramaphosa was delayed on a Metrorail train as he made his way to Pretoria.
Prasa has detailed how Ramaphosa experienced the daily struggles of ordinary commuters and their frustration as a service provider due to criminality.
“Because of on the ongoing and sustained attack on our rail infrastructure by people that we call thugs because we know this not our commuters because commuters rely on this mode of transport.
"But because of the openness of our rail system we have got thugs that come and vandalise the rail system who are stealing copper cables and taking anything that is of metal to sell to scrap yards, thus exposing commuters who are supposed to be travelling in a safe environment,” said Prasa Group Chief Strategy Officer Sipho Sithole.
Sithole said the train Ramaphosa was travelling in was blocked because the train ahead of it was stationary as the driver was assaulted by a stone.
Speed restrictions on the tracks have also been blamed as the train cannot travel at more than 30km/h when it is operating on manual authorisation.