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prasaTimesLive reports that as the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) pushes to have Prasa's permit suspended‚ another Metrorail train accident has been reported.  

RSR spokesperson Madelein Williams said in a statement at the weekend:  "Another Prasa train derailed at the Mayfair Station [on Sunday].  These accidents‚ irrespective of the magnitude‚ point to major risks within Prasa's operations and could have dire consequences.  The regulator is‚ therefore‚ unable to tolerate the continuation of unsafe practices within Prasa‚ considering that Prasa mainly serves the poorest of the poor‚ with no alternative means of transport to travel to and from work.  They should‚ therefore‚ not be made to choose between that and life."  It was not immediately clear what led to the derailment of the train or whether there were any injuries.  Meanwhile‚ the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) will continue to operate Metrorail trains this week as the High Court has held over the RSR decision to suspend its permit.  The court will this week hear an application by the RSR to revoke Prasa’s license to operate.  The RSR said it had decided to act to revoke Prasa's permit following a train accident in Kempton Park that left more than 300 passengers injured.

  • Read this report by Naledi Shange in full at TimesLive


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