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metrorail thumb medium90 92EWN reports that Lindikhaya Zide, acting group CEO of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), says the onus does not only fall on the rail agency to improve security around rail facilities.  

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the United National Transport Union (Untu) have demanded that security at all facilities countrywide be drastically beefed up.  A female security guard was raped earlier this month at a Strand train yard, while her colleague was also attacked and robbed.  Prasa’s boss said:  “We accept that the safety of commuters is paramount.  But we are dealing with issues beyond safety.  We are dealing with social ills and the failure of social cohesion in our country.”  But, Numsa claims that there were other incidents of rape at the workplace about which nothing was done.  Untu is taking Prasa to court to force beefed-up security at railway lines.

  • Read this report by Kevin Brandt & Monique Mortlock in full at EWN
  • Read Numsa’s press state at Numsa online
  • Read UNTU’s press statement in this regard at UNTU online

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