According to reports, angry commuters stoned Nonhlanhla Dlamini (38) on Tuesday morning. The train driver was en route from Durban to KwaDukuza when passengers wanted her to stop between stations.
Dlamini refused to stop as it was not allowed. When she eventually headed to the requests, commuters were furious and surrounded her cabin before they stoned her.
Dlamini was reportedly hit by a rock on the head and had to hide in her cabin for more than an hour before help arrived.
As reported by EWN, the United National Transport Union’s (Untu) deputy general secretary, Sonja Carstens, said the mother of three feared whether she would even arrive home safe after her shift.
“That’s just totally unacceptable irrespective of whether it’s a male or female train driver. Prasa should be able to react when there are situations like this. We have a rapid rail response unit which is supposed to ensure safety on the railway lines but they are not doing their job,” she said.