More bloodshed at Metrorail train station
Written by Keshia Jansen on January 10, 2018
A Metrorail security guard, believed to be 50-years-old, has been shot and killed at a train station in Khayelitsha on Tuesday.
As a result of the shooting, Metrorail confirmed that services were suspended on the line between Khayelitsha and Bishop Lavis.
“Our sincere condolences to the family and colleagues of the security guard who lost his life so needlessly,” Metrorail regional manager Richard Walker said in a statement on Wednesday.
According to the statement, the trains have been suspended “in the interest of commuter and employee safety.”
Services are expected to be reinstated once the area is stable.
Metrorail has advised commuters to make use of alternative transport in the meantime.
United National Transport Union (UNTU) General Secretary Steve Harris told News24 that they have demanded that armed security personnel be placed on the central line.
“It is unbelievable how much crime has increased as more and more criminals realize how much of an easy target train stations are. I am not convinced that a wall will be a protective measure against crime. Perhaps placing the army at train stations for a short period for stability is something we need to consider,” Harris told News24.