Protestors Want Toilets in Trains

LazyLion

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A group of protesters gathered outside the Bosman Railway Station in Pretoria on Wednesday demanding improved service from Metrorail.

A leader of the protesters, Reuben Rathelele, said relying on the train service had been a frustrating experience for thousands of commuters.

"We want them to improve on their bad service. We want to have toilets in the trains and we want Metrorail to curb overcrowding," he said.

"There is no security in the trains. Our people are being raped in the trains and theft is rampant," said Rathelele.

He said the trains were often not on time, causing many commuters to be late for work.

Rathelele said he was a branch chairman of the Pan Africanist Congress in Soshanguve. Some of the protesters wore green PAC T-shirts.

He said a memorandum demanding a service turnaround would be handed to Metrorail and to transport department officials.

Police, Tshwane metro police and Metrorail guards milled outside the busy railway station. Several police vehicles and motorbikes were parked at the entrance.

Some surprised commuters used their cellphones to photograph the police contingent.

A protester used a loudhailer to invite commuters to join the strike.

"Join the march comrade. Come and join. Don't just complain," he shouted.

Most of the commuters glanced at him and continued walking briskly into town.


Source : Sapa /jm/fg/clh
Date : 13 Mar 2013 09:43
 

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I was once on the Simonstown-Cape Town line, late afternoon, and some woman at the end of the 3rd class carriage simply squatted down and laid a turd right there in the train.

She got off about 2 or 3 stations later.
 

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I was once on the Simonstown-Cape Town line, late afternoon, and some woman at the end of the 3rd class carriage simply squatted down and laid a turd right there in the train.

She got off about 2 or 3 stations later.

Gross !!
But the standards in the trains are horrible......
 

xrapidx

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Here's an idea... stop burning the ****ing things first.
 

abzo

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No I wouldn't want a toilet, there are toilet at the stations! Go before you ride.

What I want, and I will list this in list form :

1) Punctuality.
2) No eating on trains! Some little kid spilled her ice-pop all over my foot the other day!
3) Over crowding, not sure how they'll address that though unless they use longer trains.
 

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I've taken 3rd class from Cape Town to JHB a few times now.

The toilets on those trains, even just a few hours into the 26 hour journey, are something special.

I can only imagine the state of the rails (train toilets drop straight onto the tracks) and the smell in the stations if toilets are provided for the 1000s of Metro commuters.
 

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No I wouldn't want a toilet, there are toilet at the stations! Go before you ride.
What I want, and I will list this in list form :
1) Punctuality.
2) No eating on trains! Some little kid spilled her ice-pop all over my foot the other day!
3) Over crowding, not sure how they'll address that though unless they use longer trains.
4) How bout not being killed, mugged, your corpse gang raped. Actually I'd want to put that at 1)
 

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The toilets on those trains, even just a few hours into the 26 hour journey, are something special.
Now there's something that can be used as punishment for those caught speeding way over the limit and those driving under the influence.

Give me the choice of a morgue or cleaning train toilets and I'll be best friends with the dead in a second.
 

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Overcrowding on trains? They obviously have not seen the London Underground at rush hour.

Not to mention Tokyo with their "Pushers" to cram in a few more.
 

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Don't give a crap about toilets on trains, you can use the toilets at the stops. I wish they would run 24/7 and have some kind of security on them, then I could go party with my friends in town and not have to worry about how the hell I am going to get home.
 

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Our people are being raped in the trains and theft is rampant," said Rathelele.
Oh, how very racist indeed. Just what is this Rathelele trying to say? Who is 'our' people? Crime affects ALL South Africans equally, remember?

:whistling:
 

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Oh, how very racist indeed. Just what is this Rathelele trying to say? Who is 'our' people? Crime affects ALL South Africans equally, remember?

:whistling:
:wtf:

As far as I can see you're the one doing the spinning.
 

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:wtf:

As far as I can see you're the one doing the spinning.
Yes, yes - I'm doing some intentional stirring. And of course I don't really think it's racist. But I thought I'd take a little jab at all those who are very quick to bark racism whenever someone speaks for their own group of people in this country, especially with regard to crime.
 

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How long are these trips - cant people just use the toilets at the stations before boarding
 

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'We will Burn the Gautrain' : Protestors

A group of irate commuters threatened on Wednesday to torch Gautrain coaches if the authorities do not urgently improve the Metrorail train service.

One of their leaders, Albert Mokoena, told transport department deputy director general Maria du Toit that commuters would resort to drastic actions if the train service in Pretoria did not improve.

"Before March 28 you must have responded to our demands. We have resolved amongst ourselves that it is really not good for us to burn our own trains [the Metrorail trains]. We are going to burn the Gautrain," he said outside the Bosman railway station in Pretoria.

"I know that I am on record and I am doing this deliberately. It would be useless for us to burn our own property, but that Gautrain is not for us, it's for the rich people. It is for the bourgeois," Mokoena said to cheers of approval from the crowd.

He said the transport department had not done a proper needs analysis for the majority of South Africans when it had invested in the Gautrain.

"The money that was used to build the Gautrain was supposed to [be used for] the [transport system] of the majority. When you plan, you need to look at where there needs are. You should tell that to the [Transport] Minister [Ben Martins]," said Mokoena.

"That investment [in the Gautrain] was useless. We will burn those nice trains which speak English inside them. This is not a threat. I am a politician and I use political language," he said.

Mokoena is a regional secretary of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania's Tshwane region. Most of the protesters wore green and yellow PAC T-shirts.

Another protester, Vusi Mahlangu, who studies law at the University of SA, said using the train was a "painful daily experience".

"We demand more trains and we demand clean and safe service. Most students are being made to fail by the poor service of Metrorail."

Another protester, Thabang Mothelo, wept when he addressed Metrorail officials about the "tribulations of train commuters".

"It is a very painful experience when 6000 people are crammed into one train. A cousin of mine was injured in a train accident and only got R7500. She is now a cripple.

"I use a train because we don't have a car. Sometimes we go to bed without eating at home. Government doesn't care about us, the people who vote. We don't have to fight to get what we want. Don't treat us like monkeys," Mothelo said.

Responding to the protesters' grievances, Du Toit said commuters' sentiments would be incorporated into efforts to improve the Metrorail train service.

"My good fellow men and women, I will investigate these challenges highlighted in the memorandum. These matters will be brought to the attention of the minister [Martins] and there will be a response to this gathering.

"I would not like to see any trains being burnt, whether it is the Gautrain or Metrorail trains. We want to ensure that your experience when travelling by train is a good one. The reason we travel is to make a contribution to this country," said Du Toit.

The crowd become agitated after transport department officials delayed meeting them. Some threatened to throw stones at the building.

Du Toit apologised for the delay.


Source : Sapa /jm/tk/clh/th
Date : 13 Mar 2013 14:28
 
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