Police harassed our members - union

The NTM says two of its members were kidnapped and tortured by police last week.

FILE PIC: Torched Metrorail train. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The National Transport Movement (NTM) on Wednesday called on police to arrest those responsible for the torture and kidnapping of two of its members.

The two members were allegedly kidnapped by security guards from the Passenger Rail of South Africa (Prasa) on Friday.

The guards accused them of burning Metrorail carriages.

The NTM held a briefing in central Johannesburg to address intimidation against its members.

The union accused Prasa of intimidating former and current employees for joining their union.

According to the union, former Prasa employee Rebecca Bapela was allegedly kidnapped and assaulted at her Soweto home by men posing as police officers.

She spent the weekend behind bars after her kidnappers told police that she was one of the NTM members behind the recent spate of train torchings.

NTM president Ephraim Mphahlele called for a full investigation into the matter.

He said the Independent Police Investigative Directorate is also investigating the case as it believed the kidnappers may have been colluding with police officers.