The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape has laid criminal charges against Metrorail for the reckless endangerment of its members and commuters who make use of trains.
The charges were laid at Cape Town Central Police Station on Thursday.
Cosatu has accused the rail agency of endangering the lives of commuters, due to overcrowding and a lack of communication about insufficient trains.
The union’s Tony Ehrenreich says: “Metrorail has a reduced number of trainsets in the system but they are still advertising their old timetable, which means that a number of trains available are not as advertised and that’s what’s leading to the overcrowding. All of these actions are leading to the endangerment of the lives of commuters.”
Metrorail's Riana Scott says they are aware of the charges and it will be dealt with by their lawyers.