Prasa to pull out services if vandalism, dumping continues

Prasa to pull out services if vandalism, dumping continues

Kwamashu commuters may have to wait a little longer for railway services to resume. 

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The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has warned the community that train services will be stopped for good if acts of vandalism and the dumping of debris on railway tracks continue. 

A fire gutted around than 100 homes and left four people hurt in A-section near the Thembalihle Train Station on Monday. 

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Train operations have been suspended since the start of the lockdown. 

"People are vandalising the assets of Prasa, and when we try to fix here they'll steal somewhere else. Now that will lead us to not resume the services as we planned to assist our commuters," says PRASA spokesperson, Zama Nomnganga.

"If they are harming Prasa, they are also harming themselves. These assets belong to them. They need to respect and make sure that it's protected." 

Nomngaga says cases of assault have also been opened by PRASA employees. 

"Whoever that is assaulting civil servants like our drivers and our protection services security - If you are caught assaulting one of us, that will be treason. You will go to jail, and no bail will be offered to you." 

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