Friday, December 09, 2005

Commuters charge Metrorail with corporate manslaughter

Frustrated commuters in the Western Cape intend charging Metrorail with murder, culpable homicide and serious assault in what could be the country's first so-called corporate manslaughter case. The Rail Commuters Action Group, or RAG, and 49 others have already filed a civil suit against Metrorail, claiming damages of 40-million rands for death and personal injury, in a bid to compel the company to implement proper operational procedures. According to the Cape Argus, the head of RAG Lesley van Minnen says relatives of people who have died or have been severely injured on trains intend laying criminal charges against Metrorail on Friday.

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