National 22.8.2016 10:40 am

Train commuters distraught over spike in crime

Mkhulu Jeff Radebe (63) boards a train to Soshanguve.

Mkhulu Jeff Radebe (63) boards a train to Soshanguve.

Commuters say if police were visible, crime would be prevented.

Metrorail train commuters have spoken out about the increase of crime on the trains around Pretoria.

I was heartbroken that a youngster could perform such evil deeds to his elders

They said there has been an increase in the incidence of crime on trains, especially muggings, Rekord North reported.

Mkhulu Joe Matlala, 63, of Soshanguve said he was robbed of his belongings on his way home from Pretoria Central.

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“I was heartbroken that a youngster could perform such evil deeds to his elders,” he added.

Matlala said the robbers took his SASSA pension card, ID and all his money.

Commuters said if police were visible, a lot of the crime would be prevented.

Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) student Kholofelo Ngobeni said she once witnessed a robbery on the train but could do nothing because she was scared.

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Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo of the SAPS Rapid Railway Safety Awareness Unit urged commuters not to feel intimidated when they reported crimes.

“People could make an anonymous disclosure via the hotline,” said Naidoo.

Kabelo Sepeng of Ga-Rankuwa said it was dangerous to use trains after 5pm because that was when most people returned from work and schools.

Metrorail officer Karabo Lekota said her department had noted the increase in crime and had asked for support from the police.

Commuter Sindi Chauke said despite crime she still preferred travelling by train because it was affordable.

– Caxton News Service

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