Prasa faces a deepening crisis as some security companies safeguarding stations and trains are refusing to work without pay while others are seeking employment elsewhere.

A Cape Times report says the alleged non-payment from the parastatal has led Sechaba Protection Services, Chuma Security Services and Supreme Security Services – represented by Swartz Hess Attorneys – to turn to the Western Cape High Court again, saying they are struggling to make ends meet during the lockdown.

More than R13m is due to Sechaba, R9.5m to Chuma and R 9.2m to Supreme, they charged, saying inconsistencies with their salaries was not a new thing.

In March Judge Thandazwa Ndita ordered that Prasa pay the companies money it owed in 2019, after it attempted to dismiss the workers in November.

Mark Hess said due to Prasa failure to effect payment, his clients had been faced with challenges, including employees absconding from work.

‘Our clients have provided security services from 1 February to 30 April and have not to date received any payment or part-payment thereof,’ said Hess.

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