Women and children may get their own train carriages

JOHANNESBURG- The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) might reintroduce “chaperone carriages” for children by August‚ civil society coalition #UniteBehind has said.

On Monday UnitedBehind said in a statement, “Women commuters face specific threats to their safety. This must be considered and prioritised by PRASA.”

According to a GroundUp report the organisation said they had met with senior management at Prasa and newly-appointed Prasa board chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama on Friday.

#UnitedBehind said PRASA made “a number of crucial undertakings”‚ which included the reintroduction of chaperoned carriages for children.

However in the GroundUp report the were unable to determine why this service was stop years before.

They said, “[Kweyama] herself has undertaken to make sure that chaperone carriages for children are reintroduced in August. Chaperone carriages will provide children with a safe space and will be accompanied by volunteers cleared by Prasa.”

The organisation also called for Prasa to have carriages for women and children.

PRASA said that UnitedBehind campaign request forms part of “ongoing discussions and nothing further” said spokesperson Nana Zenani.

#UnitedBehind has been collecting cases with Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) and Equal Education Law Centre “to compel PRASA to develop a safety plan” for women and children.

It said, “We believe that a co-operative relationship with Prasa is possible.”

Photo Credit-  Gallo Images/Rapport/Deon Raath

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