More guards for Western Cape trains

2013-05-03 10:08
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - Three hundred more guards will soon provide security on Metrorail trains in the Western Cape, it was reported on Friday.

Transport MEC Robin Carlisle said the guards had received three months' instruction and were now doing on-the-job training, the Cape Times reported.

In nine months, they would graduate as fully-accredited security guards to join the 1 800 guards currently employed by Metrorail.

Metrorail regional manager Mthuthuzeli Swartz said it had also purchased 40 all-terrain motorbikes to patrol railway lines, in an effort to curb vandalism and cable theft.

The bikes were bought with part of a R4m grant from the province.

Swartz was quoted as saying that the number of reported incidents of assault and grievous bodily harm on trains and at stations had fallen in each of the past three years, from 128 in 2010, to 90 in 2011, and 40 in 2012.

- SAPA
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