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Armed guards may be deployed to protect Metrorail drivers in CT

This is apparently contained in a turnaround strategy presented to unions this week by Prasa acting group CEO Lindikhaya Zide.

Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Armed guards could soon be deployed to protect Metrorail train drivers in Cape Town.

This is apparently contained in a turnaround strategy presented to unions this week by Passenger Railway Agency of South Africa (Prasa) acting group CEO Lindikhaya Zide.

The rail operator is currently facing legal action from the United National Transport Union (UNTU), which has taken it and Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi to the Western Cape High Court.

The trade union wants an order to compel Prasa to ensure a safe working environment for employees following a series of attacks, including one last month in which a taxi driver was held at gunpoint.

UNTU general secretary Steve Harris has welcomed the plan, but is also sceptical.

“It sounds promising, and you know the big concern is: will they be trained in all facets of what we are experiencing at this point? It’s no use that you have armed guards and they don’t know how to act or react under certain circumstances.”

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