The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on Tuesday was forced to close Park Station in Johannesburg after security staff damaged property because they had lost their jobs.
Over 2,400 security workers will be reinstated at PRASA on Wednesday. This comes after the High Court in Pretoria ruled that the rail service must reinstate the services of the companies that employed them.
Previously Prasa said it had no option but to cancel the security contracts as the former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found they had been awarded illegally.
However, the High Court said the way the contracts were terminated was itself illegal.
Prasa cancelled the agreements of security companies that employed over 2,000 security workers at train stations around the country at the end of October.
The United National Transport Union confirmed that since the termination of the services, train stations around the country had been vandalised and the safety of commuters and staff was compromised.
Prasa spokesperson Nana Zenane said no one had been arrested: “In our statement, we’ve said these are criminal elements. The premise that we act on is that employees have a right to protest but we can’t link them to criminal activities until we have the necessary proof.”
The High Court further ruled that Prasa must reinstate the security companies and give them one month’s notice if the board decided to terminate their services again.
Prasa said it respected the court’s decision but investigations into the illegal contracts continued.