Prasa guard to appear for shooting commuter

2014-10-04 14:07

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Johannesburg - A security guard for Prasa is due to appear in the Germiston Magistrate's Court on Monday for allegedly shooting dead a commuter at a train station on the East Rand, police said on Saturday.

"The security officer's firearm has been seized and will be sent to ballistic for examination," Warrant Officer Andre de Jager said.

"The suspect is due to appear in court... within 48 hours."

The incident happened on Thursday and at the time De Jager said the arrested guard was from Transnet. On Saturday he was informed the man was in fact an employee of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA.

A 30-year-old man was shot in the upper body and died at Union Station in Thursday's incident.

The commuter had been fighting with the security officer after being escorted out of the train, along with others who did not have valid tickets.

Commuters claimed they were assaulted by the train's security.

"One of the commuters allegedly fought back. A security guard drew his firearm and fired a shot," De Jager said at the time.

The security guard was arrested on the same day. He faces a charge of murder.

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