Union demands improved security for train drivers

Train driver Piet Botha was shot by robbers while waiting for a train at Netreg station.

Picture: Twitter @_cosatu.

CAPE TOWN - The United National Transport Union (Untu) is demanding improved security for all train drivers following the murder of driver Piet Botha on Monday.

Botha was shot by robbers while waiting for a train at Netreg station.

Train drivers in the Western Cape went on strike following Botha's murder, calling for Metrorail and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to ensure a safer working environment.

Untu General Secretary Steve Harris says workers are having to fight for basic labour requirements.

"We were hoping and trusting that by now Prasa would've implemented more security. The driver is [prone], under the circumstances, to be attacked at any stage and all we demanding is the fact that they need to be given a safe a secure workplace."

Harris says drivers need security while on duty.

"If a train breaks down, commuters get agitated and they take it out on the driver."