Cape Town - Train commuters on the southern suburbs line have spoken out about a lack of security, after an armed gang robbed passengers on Wednesday night.
A passenger said he had boarded the train at 7.15pm at Rondebosch, while another had boarded at 7.20pm at Claremont.
“At Steenberg station, four young men got on. They were very raucous, and I was very suspicious of them,” said one passenger, who said he had military and security experience.
“They had a lot of attitude, and I kept a close eye on them.
“At Lakeside station, they got off and went to the second-last carriage on the train.
“At False Bay station, the next stop, there was a commotion on the platform. People said they’d been robbed by an armed gang. Then we saw them running away, and we gave chase.”
A shot was fired by one of the gang – either at their pursuers, or into the air. The gang also dropped their booty – a bag with a laptop, and at least one other bag.
Both passengers called for increased security on trains.
Metrorail spokeswoman Riana Scott said: “Please encourage people to report such incidents immediately to police. If it is not reported, the police are unaware of trends developing and do not resource those areas. Metrorail shares information weekly with the rail police and we jointly determine the week’s deployment based on intelligence and reported incidents.”