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prasaCape Argus reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) resumed train services from Cape Town to Langa on Monday, but there were concerns about security after a body was found in a train carriage at Retreat station over the weekend.  

The United Commuters Voice (UCV) called on Prasa to jack up its security services with the re-introduction of the Langa service for the first time since its forced suspension in March.  A police spokesperson confirmed the police were investigating a murder case after the body of an unknown man with multiple wounds was discovered in one of the carriages of a train en-route from Cape Town to Retreat at the weekend.  Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said security resources on trains and stations were allocated strategically on a similar basis as general policing.  She said resources were deployed in line with predetermined priority areas identified by crime pattern and trend analyses.  "Proactive deployment of joint security resources was based on intelligence, reactive measures in response to reported incidents," Scott explained.  She said currently only one line would be available for operations so six trains would operate daily from Cape Town-Langa, and six from Langa to Cape Town.  Trains will initially stop at Ysterplaat – Mutual - Langa and the trip duration will be about 40 minutes.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sisonke Mlamla at Cape Argus


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