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Metrorail gets R100m to beef up security

Prasa has allocated R100 million to Metrorail to tighten its security measures.

Prasa has allocated R100 million to Metrorail to tighten its security measures. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Metrorail on Saturday said it was confident the additional funds it received from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) would improve safety for commuters and workers.

On Friday, Prasa announced an additional R100 million will be allocated to Metrorail to tighten security measures after meeting with the United Transport Trade Union, SA Railway and Harbour Workers Union (Utatu-Sarhwu).

The decision came after a train driver, JP du Plessis, was found stabbed to death in a stationery train in Pretoria on Christmas day in 2012.

Metrorail said more could still be done even though crime had gone down by 37 percent between October 2011 and October 2012.

The rail company's spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said, "We are serious about protecting both our employees and commuters.

"Going forward we will ensure that we really lower the crime statistics."