Man electrocuted on city councillor’s train

2017-11-30 20:28
(File, Bernard Chiguvare, GroundUp)

(File, Bernard Chiguvare, GroundUp)

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Cape Town - A commuter was electrocuted on a Metrorail train at Nyanga railway station on Thursday morning.

Metrorail has confirmed the death.

Photographs on Facebook show the man lying face down on top of the train, according to a GroundUp report.

His name has not been released.

In a statement, Metrorail Western Cape Regional Manager Richard Walker appealed to commuters not to "put their lives at risk by travelling on top of the train, hanging onto the outside of the train or travelling in front of the drivers".

"It is dangerous and commuters who do so, risk life and limb, as this tragedy proved."

According to the Railway Safety Regulator, 495 people died on trains in South Africa in the 2016/17 year, and 2 095 were injured. The Western Cape had the second highest numbers of fatalities and injuries, after Gauteng.

Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development Brett Herron was on the train when the man was electrocuted.

Herron had been taking the train from Khayelitsha to Cape Town to "experience for himself the conditions thousands of rail commuters face on a daily basis".

"I am shocked, pained and angry. I can’t believe what I just witnessed. I was unable to get on the train. People clinging to the roof and hanging on the sides," Herron tweeted earlier.

Herron tweeted that it took nearly three hours for the train to arrive at Cape Town train station.

"I am horrified and angry at how cruel this is. We must act now," he said.

Last month, the City of Cape Town approved a plan presented by Herron for the City to take over the train system in Cape Town.

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