PRASA copper wire contractors shot while fixing Central Line
Two PRASA contractors were shot and injured on Tuesday morning, while working on the Central Line. The shooting incident took place near Kalksteenfontein.
“The shooter's were intent on stealing the copper cables before they were even relayed as part of the repair works,” said Metrorail's Acting spokesperson, Nana Zenani.
Shootings related to cable theft and vandalism on this line has in recent months seen a remarkable decline due to almost nothing being left to be stolen.
Sub Council Chairperson, Angus McKenzie says he warned PRASA of not having a security plan.
“I further insisted that the original plan to first complete the perimeter concrete hall be implemented before the replacement of any cables or tracks, sadly this suggestion was ignored.”
“Sadly today two working men have now been shot and injured which could have been avoided had PRASA headed the calls to ensure a safe working environment for workers,” added McKenzie.
The sub council chairperson says that a follow up meeting will be held with PRASA later this week, “and again we will insist that the correct security measures are instituted to avoid another incident of this nature taking place.”
“It is however very worrying that despite knowing that this is not a opportunistic crime but rather a technically advanced syndicate that the correct measures have not been put place to ensure workers safety. I trust PRASA/Transnet will act quickly to avoid a repeat of this,” he added.
Western Cape police spokesperson, FC van Wyk confirmed the incident saying they have opened a case of murder.
“A 44-year-old male was shot in both legs and another male aged 36-year-old (security guard) was shot in his left arm and (sustained) slightly bruised wound at the back of his head. Both victims were taken to a nearby medical facility for medical treatment.”
“According to reports a black Polo dropped two unknown males in Kalksteenfontein and the males approached the workers and started shooting at them. The motive surrounding the incident is unknown at this stage.”
Done By: Mitchum George