satawu thumb medium90 101News24 reports that the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) says it is not the fault of train drivers that Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) infrastructure is dilapidated and causing delays.  

It also called on people to respect Prasa staff after a female driver was stoned by irate commuters in KwaZulu-Natal.  Nonhlanhla Dlamini was hit on the head when commuters threw stones at her after she refused to stop the train between stations near Briardene while on the Durban to Stanger run on Tuesday morning.  The United National Transport Union (Untu), of which she is a member, indicated that she had to get surgical stitches on her head, adding it was not the first time she had experienced such an ordeal.  Satawu said she was not the first person to be attacked by commuters, adding that it had appealed to Prasa to put measures in place to safeguard staff.  The union stated further:  "Prasa workers are constantly under siege, partly due to the dilapidated infrastructure and shortage of trains that results in them arriving late or not at all.  However, attacking a driver for not stopping between stations will not find sympathy with us.  We call on commuters to treat drivers, male or female, with respect because they are not responsible for the state of the rail agency."

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