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metrorail thumb medium90 92GroundUp reports that on Friday five men, two of them armed with handguns, entered a full carriage on a Metrorail Cape Town-bound train and began to rob passengers.  

Three passengers managed to escape to another carriage, where they alerted the security guards.  But, the guards were only armed with batons.  A commuter was shot in the foot when he also tried to escape.  He bled profusely, but no one could assist him while the train was in motion.  Riana Scott of Metrorail confirmed that security reported an on-board robbery between Langa and Bontheuwel stations.  The robbers, who had ordered everyone in the carriage to take out money, cellphones and wallets and collected the loot in bags, fled the train when it stopped at Langa station.  The shot commuter dragged himself to the platform.  A witness, Corben Mukandi, then helped the injured man cover his wound before he was taken to hospital.  He that said throughout the ordeal the security guards stood aloof and did not help.  "We commuters deserve security because we are their customers.  They cannot do business without us," Mukandi said.

  • Read this report by Bernard Chiguvare in full at News24

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