After four people were killed in the Pretoria train crash, the DA have wasted no time in finding a source of blame for the horrific accident.
Four people have been killed and more than 200 people were injured following the Pretoria train crash on Tuesday morning. A head-on collision saw both trains derail, causing carnage on the tracks. The DA have already called for an inquiry, and believe the blame lies with their political opponents in government.
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John Moodey is the Gauteng spokesperson on public transport for the DA. He has demonstrated no hesitation in tying the incident to ANC policy, saying that they are failing to take passenger safety seriously.
The DA representative recalled two major incidents from 2018, where separate smashes at Eloff Extension in Selby and Kempton Park left hundreds of travellers injured. As there were no fatalities, Moodey believes the ANC were happy to just move on from each crash unperturbed:
“The DA has been continuously calling for more stringent rail safety measures to be put in place as the lives of our commuters cannot be put at risk on a daily basis. This is yet another indication of how the failing ANC is not taking the safety of our commuters seriously.”
“The DA calls on the MEC for Transport Ismail Vadi to liaise with the National Minister of Transport, Blade Nzimande to ask the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to launch an investigation into the cause of the train accident and to urgently address the safety concerns of commuters.”
What we know so far
Medical teams arrived at the scene of the Pretoria train crash just after 9:00. The smash occurred as commuters were making their way to work in rush hour. The two trains hit each other near Mountainview Station. Those who were freed from the carriages received emergency treatment at the nearby platforms.
Emergency teams have had to cut people out of the wreckage in order to get them to safety throughout the day. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected, and the families who have had to deal with such agonising news.
By: The South African
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