January 23, 2021

PRASA – Cable Theft Increases, Vandalism In Stations, Commuters Forced To Walk

  • Trains Stations Vandalised In Gauteng
  • Cables Cut Down And Stolen
  • Commuters Walk Kilometers To And From Work
Knights Station, A train station on the Johannesburg – Pretoria route. Stolen and Vandalized. Picture: Thamaga Neo / EBNewsDaily

Train Commuters around Gauteng are subjected to daily walks to and from work. This is because of the widespread cable theft on the rail tracks.

EBNewsDaily visited the Knights Station, pictured above. The station is rendered dysfunctional. Knights operates on auto mode as there are no service offered nor security visibility.

The station is visibly broken into. Among many stolen goods, Solar Panels, Lights, Cameras, Computers, and Doors were gone.

The cables are visibly cut from as far as Johannesburg to Springs – Germiston to Pretoria.

PRASA has canceled the trains running on the Springs, Dunswart to Johannesburg since the festive. On the other hand, commuters from Johannesburg to Pretoria run on late schedule since only a single line runs.

Remains of where the cable was stolen. Knights Station. Photo by Thamaga Neo / EBNewsDaily
Train Commuters
Commuters walking from the Knights Station to Elandsfountein Station, Ekurhuleni. Photo by Thamaga Neo / EBNewsDaily
Knights Station. Picture by Thamaga Neo / EBNewsDaily

“They stole the cables and trains are not running as usual,” commuters who did not want to be named tells EBNewsDaily.

“Since we came back from holidays, trains are running late or there are no trains at all. We walk from all the way to Isando in the morning. It’s not safe. We did not budget for taxis”

TimesLive reported on Thursday that the new Prasa administration admits PRASA is a mess and there’s no quick fix.

“We’ve got very serious challenges in the service and together with the commuters we should be able to find solutions,” said Bongisizwe Mpondo

“What we seek to do is deliver value to our commuters and ensure they have a pleasant commuter experience, and I think for the most part over the past few years we’ve pretty much failed on that score.

Minister of transport, Fikile Mbalula acknowledged the ruin and dysfunctionality that PRASA is in at the beginning of the year.

“Prasa has suffered blows from many years of mismanagement and deteriorating corporate governance. Today it is a broken organization, struggling to provide an efficient commuter and passenger rail service,” said Mbalula.

Report by Tsireledzo Michael Mudzanani

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