by Solly Msimanga Cllr – DA Gauteng Premier Candidate
The looming forced cessation of train operations by Metrorail in Gauteng will leave tens of thousands of commuters stranded.
Should train operations be halted it is unlikely that other forms of public transport will be able to handle the additional demand for transport services.
This means that commuters will either be left stranded or will wait for hours for public transport.
This could be an economic disaster for Gauteng as thousands of workers will not be able to go to work until train safety conditions have been improved.
The safety of commuters must always be of primary concern to public transport operators and as such the Rail Safety Regulator cannot be faulted for intervening in the escalating safety crisis within Metrorail.
Blame needs to be placed squarely on the shoulders of Metrorail’s management who allowed the deterioration of safety standards. Heads should roll at Metrorail for causing this potential crisis.
I call on the MEC for Transport, Ismail Vadi and municipalities in Gauteng to devise contingency public transport plans should train services be halted.
We cannot allow hard working commuters to be stranded or even lose their jobs due to Metrorail’s recklessness.
A DA-led administration would work closely with all stakeholders to ensure that the people of the Gauteng are the beneficiaries of a reliable, safe and integrated system. It is time for change that the puts the people first and builds One Province and South Africa for all.