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Metrorail to tackle theft on trains

Two men allegedly assaulted and robbed two passengers on Sunday afternoon.

FILE: Two men allegedly robbed Janice Johannes and another passenger yesterday afternoon.

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail says it will be proactive in deploying security guards to crime hot spots on trains after another alleged attack.

Two men allegedly assaulted and robbed two passengers on Sunday afternoon on the northern line near the Esplanade Station.

The attackers fled with a cellphone and a wallet.

Metorail's Mthuthuzeli Swartz says they will prioritise the deployment of security guards.

Janice Josephs says there were no security guards in sight when she was mugged on the train just after 1pm yesterday.

Swartz believes criminals have figured out when security is low and he has warned commuters to avoid empty carriages and not to flash their valuables.

Theft is not the only Metrorail issue brought to light in recent months.

In January a train derailed leaving 16 people injured and train services disrupted between Johannesburg and Pretoria.

In a separate incident earlier this month two boys were hit by a train in Boksburg.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters last Tuesday said Metrorail commuters deserved an affordable, efficient and reliable transport service.

She said she was concerned about overcrowding on trains and other issues such as muggings and stone throwing and admitted there are many challenges.

TRAIN DELAYS

Metrorail says delays are expected on all train lines heading out of Cape Town this evening.

Major repairs and upgrades are being conducted at the station.

Swartz says, "Some trains are being turned around at Ysterplaat and the reason is that they are doing major repairs. All trains will be affected. All trains coming out of Cape Town are going to be delayed."