Henceforth, Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi will be held liable for the lateness of workers in the province.
This comes after he publicly admitted to taking the blame for the lateness of workers. The “deal” was included in a memorandum presented by Cosatu to Vadi on Friday.
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The union had earlier marched to Johannesburg – where it handed a memorandum of demand to mayor Herman Mashaba, before it headed to the Gauteng transport department.
As contained in the memo, the union called on the provincial authorities to scrap the e-tolling and also provide an integrated‚ safe‚ reliable and affordable public transport system.
It maintained that workers can only report to work early when the government provides safe, reliable and affordable transport systems.
The country’s largest federation added that it will continue to demand “the scrapping of the etolling system, including the expensive toll gates, and will not pay the Sanral [South African National Roads Agency] billing until government implements their proposed funding model for the system.”
After receiving the memorandum‚ Gauteng Transport MEC Vadi admitted that he experienced what people go through in Metrorail today.
He said on his way to work, the train he boarded stopped “everywhere” and that “the driver must phone the main office to get the way cleared….”
The MEC promised to work very hard to build a Reliable, safe‚ integrated and affordable public transport system that will care for the poor. Ismail Vadi, thereafter, signed the memorandum and promised to get back to the union.
“I agree‚ there shouldn’t be disciplinary action against people if there [sic] are late because of poor public transport,” he concluded.
In response, Cosatu spokesman Sizwe Pamla expressed satisfaction with the turnout. Pamla added that it’s clear that workers in South Africa are now standing up for their rights.
Meanwhile, thousands of Cosatu workers, who participated in the march have vowed to march to the department of transport every month until etolls are stopped.