SABC News Western Cape

2018-10-04 16:54:23 -


2 months ago

Activists from advocacy group, UniteBehind, are staging a sit-in at platforms 9 and 10 at Cape Town ...

Activists from advocacy group, UniteBehind, are staging a sit-in at platforms 9 and 10 at Cape Town train station. They are calling for an end to the torching of trains. The group today launched a new campaign aimed at putting pressure on passenger rail agency, PRASA and Metro Rail to fulfil their mandate of providing a proper public rail service in Cape Town. The DelayRepay campaign will have commuters using a paid up monthly ticket for two consecutive months as a means of protest. Train services in Cape Town have been severely impacted recently by on-going arson, vandalism and theft of rail infrastructure. Last week Friday, several train carriages were torched in three separate incidents. It's knock-on effect is major. Commuters are fed up, with many opting for other forms of transport. The DelayRepay campaign takes its name from a system used in England to compensate commuters for late or cancelled trains in an effort to attract commuters back to the rail service by providing them with greater security. Police are monitoring the situation.