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January 6, 2013

Metrorail to improve train security in South Africa after murder of driver

Metrorail has received funds worth ZAR100m ($11.67m) from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to improve the security of its employees and customers.

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Metrorail has received funds worth ZAR100m ($11.67m) from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to improve the security of its employees and customers.

Prasa initiated security improvement works after holding a meeting with the United Transport Trade Union, SA Railway and Harbour Workers Union (Utatu-Sarhwu) in the wake of the murder of a train driver, JP du Plessis, in December 2012.

Funds will be used to introduce new security systems such as CCTV surveillance, a radio communication system and patrol vehicles in addition to the current security measures.

"Funds will be used to introduce new security systems such as CCTV surveillance, a radio communication system and patrol vehicles in addition to the current security measures."

Metrorail spokeswoman Lillian Mofokeng said that more involvement is required to enhance security, even though crime dropped by 37% between October 2011 and October 2012.

Initiatives like the introduction of new mobile armed guards in identified hotspot areas, as well as visible policing by the SAPS Railway police and joint operations with Prasa will be carried out to improve security.

Metrorail also plans to introduce contracted helicopter services to provide fast response to emergency situations.

Prasa CEO Lucky Montana said: "The horrific passing of JP Du Plessis has galvanised us to find solutions in our fight against crime and we hope that these interventions will go a long way in ensuring a safe environment for both our employees and commuters."

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