#UniteBehind demand safety on trains.
#UniteBehind members held a peaceful protest at Cape Town station to demand safety on trains.
On Friday August 23, #UniteBehind members and activists held a peaceful protest at Cape Town station to demand safety on trains. Commuters had a chance to share their stories and highlight the challenges, especially for women and children, on the trains. We had invited the Minister of Transport to address the commuters but he didn’t respond to our invitation. We still had our questions for the Minister.
We demand qualified and properly trained security guards on trains and at the train stations, operating on legitimate contracts. We need basic security infrastructure. There needs to be security in the trains and at every station. There need to be accessible reporting mechanisms for commuters who are victims of crime, and particularly, sexual harassment on trains.
We reiterate our demands that commuter rail be declared a national disaster. This would allow the government to unlock funds and resources to focus on safety on trains. We continue our call for a commuter-centred safety plan from PRASA that is long overdue.
Enough is enough, #FixOurTrains.