SOUTH AFRICA: The driver of the train that rammed into the back of another stationary train in Pretoria, had a 12-month final written warning for violating safety standards, it was reported today.
The written warning meant that the driver was removed from driving and reassigned to other duties, The Citizen reported.
The allegation was made by the National Transport Movement (NTM), a breakaway union from SA Transport and Allied Workers Union, following a statement by the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) claiming the union had been linked to the recent torching of trains around the country.
This driver had to be used because of the strike action, NTM president Ephraim Mphahlele told the newspaper.
Mphahlele said the driver had not been driving for the past two years.
At least 200 people were injured, some critically, when the two passenger trains collided near Saulsville in Pretoria on Thursday.