Metrorail beefs up security on trains

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pretoria - Metrorail says it has increased security on its trains operating throughout Gauteng after a second attack on commuters.

Metrorail spokesperson, Sibusiso Ngomane, told BuaNews that a power failure on the line between Kempton Park and Elandsfontein left dozens of commuters stranded. The crowd grew angry and stoned passing trains which had not been affected by the blackout.

"About 10 commuters sustained minor injuries. A case of malicious damage to property has been opened and the investigation is ongoing," said Ngomane.

He said Metrorail had deployed additional security personnel in partnership with the SAPS at the station to ensure that they are able to deal with any eventuality.

On Tuesday, a security guard was shot and a passenger was wounded in an incident at the Pienaarspoort Station in Pretoria.

Ngomane said Metrorail could not guarantee services in an environment that continued to expose assets and staff to unabated criminal threats.

"It must be noted that should the security outlook in this corridor remain serious and volatile Metrorail will take firm action against all criminal elements and to take necessary steps to ensure that incidents of this nature do not recur," said Ngomane said.