KZN passengers warned trains running at low capacity

KZN passengers warned trains running at low capacity

Prasa says it fears an even bigger crisis in KwaZulu-Natal next week when more commuters return to work.

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The rail agency says there aren't enough trains to meet demand, due to infrastructure and maintenance issues as well as cable theft.

KZN Prasa spokesperson, Zama Nomnganga says the service in the province is running at about 26% capacity, with only 15 trains on the tracks out of a possible 57. 

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He says they are not sure when the service will run at full capacity again.

"As from next week and even now we are running on less than 15 to 13 trains that's not viable for our service to the public."

Nomganga says the government is trying to resolve the crisis, which he says is also being experienced in other parts of the country.

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He has pleaded with commuters to not take out their frustrations on the crew and infrastructure.

"We are in this situation because of the ageing of our infrastructure and trains. Now we urge everyone to make sure that we work together."

"We have meetings with the commuter leadership, commuter forums to discuss and make sure that everyone is on par and then how do we go forward in terms of assisting each other because we are in a dire situation. We are in a crisis," he said.  

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