TRAIN & RAILWAY ACCIDENTS IN SOUTH AFRICA
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WHAT DO TRAIN & RAILWAY ACCIDENTS ENTAIL IN SOUTH AFRICAN LAW?
On a routine basis, a big portion of our people in South Africa make use of public transportation. A substantial portion of this population uses rail transit (and these figures are rapidly increasing, thanks to the launch of the “Business Express” and the Gautrain, geared at the upper-end financial part of the population). The rail services sector is controlled and run mostly by para-statal entities. These entities, in turn, owe various responsibilities to the public commuter, such as the duty of care, whereby a commuter/passenger is entitled to a minimum level of safety while on public transportation services.
In the past recent years, injuries and deaths include fatalities caused by train accidents and derailments, which mostly involved Transnet and PRASA. South African law dictates that any person who has suffered damage owing to bodily injuries to himself or herself or bodily injuries suffered by someone else may institute legal proceedings against the appropriate authorities.