United National Transport Union wants the army to protect trail tracks

United National Transport Union wants the army to protect trail tracks

- The United National Transport Union wants the army to be called in to safeguard South Africa's rail system.

- The safety of trains and people is a real issue that the union feels the police cannot cope with

- According to the union, the government has failed to protect infrastructure

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The United National Transport Union (UNTU) believes it is necessary for South Africa's army to be deployed to the country's rail system.

The union feels that the police isn't able to cope with the safety problems that SA's railways face.

eNCA reports that UNTU says the country's rail network is a national asset that needs to be protected.

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According to UNTU, the SA government and police have failed to protect the country's railway infrastructure and citizens.

UNTU's Riefdah Ajam said:

"The mandate of the police services is quite clear, they have to protect the civilians of this country, and currently they do not have the capacity to do that."

"The SANDF, in particular, has been called in to protect and safeguard the assets of this country, and currently those assets are deemed within the jurisdiction of Prasa, Metrorail. We are having too many and too free access to the platforms through the current infrastructure that we have."

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Briefly.co.za gathered that UNTU and FEDUSA launched a 1-day strike, but it doesn't look like it had much effect.

The unions feel the public transport system isn't safe for workers or commuters.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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