Transport union, Metrorail & Prasa to meet over train drivers' safety

This follows the murder of train driver Piet Botha who was shot by robbers earlier this week.

FILE: Train schedule in cape Town. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The United National Transport Union is planning to meet with Metrorail and Prasa bosses in coming weeks to discuss safety and security concerns raised by train drivers.

This follows the murder of train driver Piet Botha who was shot by robbers at the Netreg rail station on Monday.

Some Metrorail staff went on strike following Botha's murder, demanding that security measures be beefed up.

The union's Steve Harris has called for armed guards to accompany drivers while they're on duty.

"They need to be given a safe and secure workplace. That can be done, if they give them trained people and guards at the back of the locomotive where he can be secured."