Metrorail loses R175m due to fare evasions in Gauteng

The rail operator says the rate of people trespassing on trains has become increasingly worrying.

Police accompany commuters during a trip from the Naledi station in Johannesburg on 28 May 2018. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Metrorail says it loses an estimated R175 million every year in Gauteng as a result of fare evasions.

Prasa's new interim board has been conducting a site visit to Metrorail train services in Johannesburg.

The rail operator says the rate of people trespassing on trains has become increasingly worrying.

Metrorail's acting provincial manager Goodman Matampi said: “The last time we had a stop-and-check operation only about 5% of the full train which takes about 1,800 people had tickets. Now you tell police to lock them up but they don’t have the capacity to lock up such transgressors.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)