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UNTUANA reports that the United National Transport Union (UNTU) has scored a significant victory with the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) agreeing to provide police escorts for its staff members on Cape Town’s Central Line.  

UNTU and Prasa were locked in meetings until late on Tuesday, negotiating terms under which to reopen the notorious line which runs between Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain to the CBD.  The busy line was suspended last week following the murder of a security guard at a station in Khayelitsha.  Tens of thousands of commuters were left stranded and forced to make alternative transport arrangements after Untu said its staff were not prepared to work on the line following the murder.  In terms the agreement, UNTU said its members would only operate on the Central Line if, among other things, there were two police officers escorting the train driver, two police officers escorting the metro train guard, a police officer in the middle cab as back up, and armed guards at turnaround stations.  UNTU’s Steve Harris said if Prasa or the SA Police Service failed to adhere to the agreement, the train service on the Central Line would be suspended again.  The service was scheduled to resume on Wednesday afternoon.

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