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Strikers 'don't have right to burn trains'

By Canaan Mdletshe | Jun 08, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

SOUTH African National Civic Organisation president Ruth Bhengu yesterday hit out at Satawu members for burning trains during their recent strike.

Satawu and Utata members went on a strike that brought rail transport to a standstill.

Speaking in Durban during the official opening of the R151million Moses Mabhida Station yesterday, Bhengu, who is also chairperson of Parliament's portfolio committee on transport, said though they accepted that Satawu and Utata members had a right to strike, burning trains or any other mode of public transport was not acceptable.

"We cannot condone irresponsible behaviour such as burning trains," she said. "It is essential to know that rights come with responsibilities. It cannot be correct for all of us to support you when you demand your rights yet you infringe on our rights to travel to our destinations by burning the trains.

"The state provides trains for commuters and if you burn them you are taking the rights of people away and that is not acceptable."

Turning to the new train station Bhengu said the government had prioritised key areas for public transport. These were to reduce the cost of travelling and travelling time, provide safe transport and to establish reliable and efficiently scheduled transport.

"We know that in South Africa everything was designed along racial lines. It was not expected of a black person to board a plane, hence there was no transport to ferry blacks to airports. But now that is gradually changing," she said.


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