Metrorail Safety Measures Inadequate, Court Finds in Injury Ruling

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Metrorail Safety Measures Inadequate, Court Finds in Injury Ruling


A KHAYELITSHA resident who tried to board a moving train because he did not want to be late for work four years ago sparked a judgment in the Western Cape High Court last week that slammed Metrorail.

Court documents say that after trying to jump into the moving train, Bongani Seti fractured his left and right hip and suffered spinal injuries as well as a deep laceration to his right hip.

In the judgment handed down last week, Judge Monde Samela ruled that rail authorities had to pay half of Seti's proven damages.

Judge Samela found that Metrorail's platform marshal system, aimed at ensuring commuters' safety by monitoring whether train doors remain closed when a train moves, was "inadequate".

Court documents said Seti was born in Port Elizabeth in 1983, came to Cape Town eight years ago and stayed in Khayelitsha.

Seti testified that for three years, up to January 2009, he did odd jobs until a friend found him a job as a labourer.

He was paid R90 a day and bought a daily train ticket since "he did not have enough money to buy a weekly ticket". …

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