prasaCape Times reports that three private security companies have threatened to take the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) to court after their contracts were terminated, allegedly without notice.  

According to the service providers, about 1,100 security personnel who were deployed to safeguard train drivers, commuters and rail infrastructure along the northern, southern and central lines in Cape Town now faced unemployment.  The companies jointly said a new tender for private security services for Prasa was issued in April 2019.  This tender was meant to be fully operational as of July and, while it was being operationalised, Prasa undertook to make use of the existing service providers   But, the new tender was not finalised by July and Prasa issued month-to-month extension letters to the service providers.  The extensions apparently came for August, September and October, but they did not receive any extension letter for this month.  They advised further:  “Last Friday, November 1, security personnel had worked.  At about 5pm each company received a call from a Prasa representatives ordering that we should stop rendering services at all sites by midnight.  We requested that the termination be provided in writing, but we have not received anything to date.”  The companies on Monday gave Prasa until end of business hours to respond to a letter from their lawyers.  A Prasa spokesperson said letters were issued to the respective companies a month in advance and other security staff had assumed the jobs on Friday.

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