UNTU calls on govt to help address violent attacks on trains

Metrorail says more than 50 coaches have been destroyed in the last year.

FILE: Train on fire at Retreat Station‏ in Cape Town on 07 August, 2016. Picture: Twitter @CRW2310.

CAPE TOWN - The United National Transport Union (UNTU) has called on government to help address violent attacks against Metrorail trains.

Over the weekend, at least four carriages were destroyed in a fire at the Retreat Station depot.

Metrorail says more than 50 coaches have been destroyed in the last year.

UNTU General Secretary Steve Harris has blamed Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa ( Prasa) for the lack of funds to increase security.

"You're at war and that's what happening out there. I mean, how do you deal with people that have automatic firearm and you're seating there with a firearm that's not an automatic. You need a force out there that can take back control and make commuters feel safe."

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