- COSATU's Zwelinzima Vavi called on Ramaphosa to fix the failing Cape Town train system
- Vavi shared a video showing an overloaded and chaotic Metrorail train
- Ramaphosa recently shared a video of himself enjoying a train ride between Shoshanguve and Pretoria
Former general secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, Zwelinzima Vavi, took to social media to call on President Cyril Ramaphosa to take a look at the appalling conditions of the public train system in Cape Town.
Vavi shared a video of a Cape Town train and remarked, “When is the President catching the train in Cape Town? He will be shocked to see this daily reality of the working class.” This follows Ramaphosa’s previous social media post of him catching a train between Soshanguve and Pretoria.
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South Africans asserted that the video reflected what many South Africans endure on a regular basis. One user added that train fare is expensive despite the poor service provided, Briefly.co.za learned.
”Nobody, unless they are desperate to get to work, would sit so close to a lethal electrical wire," wrote one Twitter user, Kishore Doodnath.
Eager to determine who is to blame for the condition of the trains, many users noted that the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has failed to improve their service despite tenders worth billions of Rands being issued.
Many added that under the ANC’s governance, PRASA has failed to function efficiently and suggested the organisation be privatised.
Other users complained that trains are destroyed during protests and that people steal the copper wiring, making it difficult to maintain good standards.
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