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Prasa protection officer says humiliated after assault by Metrorail commuter

The 38-year-old was on duty during rush hour when a rowdy group of passengers stormed a platform to board a train without paying the fare.

A Metrorail train. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN – A Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) protection officer says he feels humiliated after he was assaulted by a Metrorail commuter at Mbekweni Station in Paarl.

The 38-year-old man was punched in the face while trying to stop a rampant group of train fare evaders from storming a platform on Wednesday.

Protection officer Themba Ndzima sustained wounds to his eye when he was punched by a commuter.

The 38-year-old was on duty during rush hour when a rowdy group of passengers stormed a platform to board a train without paying the fare.

Ndzima says he never felt that humiliated in his life.

He says he believes commuters have no respect for his life and the lives of his colleagues.

The United National Transport Union’s Steve Harris says the incident is shocking.

He says while PRASA has no money for it, the rail agency needs drastic security measures implemented on its rail network across South Africa.

Harris adds just two weeks ago, Prasa deployed armed guards to escort train drivers and Metrorail officials on Cape Town’s central line.