Guard filmed assaulting commuter

2013-04-09 10:07
Metrorail train (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Metrorail train (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - A Metrorail guard was filmed assaulting a passenger caught travelling without a ticket in Cape Town, according to a report on Tuesday.

The Cape Argus reported that the footage was shot at Kraaifontein station on Thursday evening and showed a guard striking a passenger numerous times before being called off by his colleagues.

The passenger was stripped of his shirt and hat while being manhandled by a guard who appeared to be called "Solly".

The act was captured on an iPad by commuter Shelvine Erasmus, who noticed "a commotion going on at the bottom where patrons have to show their ticket to exit the platform".

Erasmus told the newspaper that the worst of the beating occurred before he managed to get his iPad out.

"The other Metrorail officers were looking on and not doing a thing until they saw me filming. Only then the one lady walked over to the guy dishing it out and told him to stop," Erasmus said.

Cape Metrorail manager Mthuthuzeli Swartz said the use of violence was not condoned and that he had asked the chief of protection services to investigate.

He also encouraged the alleged victim to lay a charge with the police and for witnesses to phone the train company.

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