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Prasa studying ConCourt judgment on commuter injuries

Train passengers can now claim if they’re injured while using its trains.

FILE: Rail agency Prasa says it’s studying a Constitutional Court judgment.Picture: Kgotatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Rail agency Prasa says it's studying a constitutional court judgment which now makes it liable to pay up if commuters suffer any harm while using its trains.

Irvine Mashongwa lost his leg after being assaulted by four men and then thrown from a moving train in 2011.

The case moved to the Constitutional Court after lower courts found that adequate security measures were in place on the train.

Sunelle Van Heerden from Christopher Consulting, which deals with personal injury cases, says this is a significant judgment.

"What this judgement has made possible is the fact that in future, quite literally it means that passengers will not have so much difficulty in proving their matter against Prasa, specifically with regards to safety on trains."