South Africa 30.3.2016 10:30 am

‘I was drugged on Gautrain’ – woman claims

Gautrain arrives at Sandton station for a trip to Centurion Station. File Picture: Michel Bega

Gautrain arrives at Sandton station for a trip to Centurion Station. File Picture: Michel Bega

Gautrain management have since launched an investigation.

Gautrain management have launched an investigation after a woman claimed she was drugged at a station recently.

Thinking that she was supporting a good cause, a young Johannesburg woman allowed a stranger to write on her arm, not knowing she was allegedly being drugged, Rosebank-Killarney Gazette reported.

The woman, who would like to remain anonymous, alleged that on March 21, she was drugged by a young man on the Gautrain while travelling from Rosebank to Hatfield in Pretoria.

“Shortly after the train left the Sandton station I was approached by a black male, well-spoken and dressed in a blue checked shirt and jeans,” she recalled.

The woman claims the man told her that he was an activist for violence against women and children and that he had a Facebook page that was aimed to raise awareness on the issue.

“I agreed to let him write the name of the Facebook page on my arm and take a picture of it,”

The woman alleges that the man used three different kinds of koki pens and as soon as he started writing on her arm, she started to feel very strange.

“I felt dizzy, drowsy and was shaking uncontrollably,” she explained.

“I figured that it must be something in the ink on my arm that was making me feel so strange so I took the sleeve of my jersey and some water and washed it off”

She claims to have arrived in Hatfield and relayed the story to her friend who then rushed her to hospital and, although doctors could not say which drug was used, they did confirm the woman was drugged.

“The doctor put me on a drip to flush out my system.”

The woman said she believes the man was targeting young women who were travelling alone.

“Two other girls were also approached before me, no men were approached,” she said.

Kesagee Nayager, Gautrain spokesperson, said they have received the complaint and an investigation is under way. Part of the investigation will include speaking to a medical professional to determine what drug was used, she added.

– Caxton News Service

 

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