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metrorail thumb medium90 92ANA reports that a written reply to a question in the Western Cape provincial legislature on Tuesday revealed that police were investigating 32 cases of murder either on Metrorail trains or railway stations in the past two financial years.  

Over the two years, only 12 arrests have been made for the murder cases.  Of these, there has been one guilty finding, four are still pending in court, and three of the cases have been provisionally withdrawn.  According to the reply, 66 cases of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm were reported in the 2015/16 financial year and 48 in the 2016/17 financial year.  Chairperson of the Western Cape legislature’s standing committee on transport and public works, Nceba Hinana, noted that every day, “approximately 700,000 commuters make use of the Metrorail service without guarantee that they will reach their destination on time, if at all, or that they will be able to travel in safety.”  He called on national Police Minister Fikile Mbalula to improve safety on trains.

  • Read this report in full at The Citizen
  • Read too, Armed group ambushes Cape Town Metrorail officers, at News24

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