Unions call for improved train security

2012-12-28 14:05

Johannesburg - Security on trains must be upgraded in the wake of the murder of a train driver in Pretoria, railway-aligned unions said on Friday.

"Armed and professionally trained security guards should have been deployed on these dangerous trains," said union officials in a joint statement.

Train driver JP du Plessis was found stabbed to death in a stationary train outside Hercules station in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said this week that two cellphones had been stolen from the scene of the murder, "possibly by two men who were seen crossing a railway line after the train had stopped".

On Friday, Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) general secretary Dennis George and the United Transport and Allied Workers Union (Utatu) and SA Railworkers Union (Sarwhu) general secretary Steve Harris said that Du Plessis "played a critical role in providing the service of cost-effective public transport for poor communities in Gauteng for the last 17 years".

His killing was "senseless," said George and Harris.

The two unions' general secretaries said that they had called on Metrorail to upgrade security measures in the past, but "it has fallen on deaf ears".

  • sango.jika - 2012-12-28 15:52

    i'm on my way home traveling from century city to blackheath there's security walking up and down the train which i am surprise to see. I wish metro keeps the visibility of the security like it is now, because i felt safe and not make it a one day thing.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-28 16:57

    "Fallen on deaf ears" is the phrase that has underscored 2012. To add insult to murder read the first 3 paragraphs of So does Metrorail really believe this, or is this more disinformation from SAPS Rail Police?

  • nick.crossley.395 - 2012-12-28 18:45

    There is very little security on trains in civilized and educated countries.When need security in this country because people are not taught to be honest and hard working. People report and hand over thugs to the authorities, blow the whistle

  • felix.lee.507 - 2012-12-29 09:09

    Why don't the UNION have their members do the train security instead. I'm sure they will do a great job.

  • deon.boshoff - 2012-12-29 10:21

    We built two SAP police stations on the new linenand old line and thankfully they have kept our first clas carriages nice and full with their joy rids. But don't expect them to respond to a call out. You they need to be at least 10 in a team to respond, while the Gard and I are 2 alone!

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