The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has condemned the hijacking and kidnapping of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) Board Chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama on Thursday night. However news of the hijacking only became known over the weekend.
Information that has been made available by Gauteng police so far indicate that Kweyama was pepper-sprayed before being bundled into the boot of her car by unknown assailants. She was then driven around for three hours before being released unharmed in Kathlehong on the East Rand.
FEDUSA and the United National Transport Union (UNTU), its affiliate in the passenger rail sector and the majority union at Prasa had campaigned tirelessly for the appointment of a permanent Board for the parastatal which faced many operational challenges and was embroiled in serious allegations of state capture; and of which Kweyama, a former Chief Executive of Anglo American and Chairperson of Business Unity South Africa eventually clinched the top position.
FEDUSA General Secretary Dennis George hoped Kweyama will soon be back in office to continue her invaluable job of cleaning up the parastatal.
“We want a Board that will not be intimidated and distracted by such acts of senseless criminality and only focus on fully committing itself to confronting the challenges facing Prasa and introduce specific measures aimed at improving customer service and good corporate governance, underpinned by monitoring and accountability,” said George. We want to eventually see a Prasa that will provide the working class and commuters in general with access to affordable, reliable, and safe public rail transport services in line with the perspectives of the National Development Plan, concluded George.