The #UniteBehind movement plans to occupy Cape Town station on Friday afternoon demanding commuter safety on Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) trains.
“We demand qualified and properly trained security guards on trains and at the train stations, operating on legitimate contracts. We need basic security infrastructure,” said Matthew Hirsch, the spokesperson of #UniteBehind spokesperson.
According to Hirsch commuters faced a lot of abuse in trains, and the most affected were women.
“The most affected are women, who get sexually harassed, as well as learners, who sometimes get pushed out of trains due to overcrowding,” he explained.
The movement demanded more security in the trains and at every station.
“There need to be accessible reporting mechanisms for commuters who are victims of crime.
“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.”
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.