Metrorail urges commuters to report drug use on WC trains

Metrorail in the Western Cape has urged commuters to report any use of illegal substances on trains in the province.

Several commuters recently complained to CapeTalk about a notable increase in drug use on Metrorail during peak travel times.

On Tuesday morning, a group of commuters on the Southern Line ejected a passenger from an inbound train for smoking mandrax in full view of passengers.

Passengers on other lines also say they are exposed to people openly using drugs on the early morning outbound train service.

Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott says commuters should lodge complaints through the train service's official channels in order for police and the rail enforcement unit to take action.

I'm concerned at complaints via the media. It's not been brought to our attention, that I know of.

Riana Scott, Spokesperson - Metrorail Western Cape

If people can let us know where, then we can either have undercover people or stop and search the train to find the culprit.

Riana Scott, Spokesperson - Metrorail Western Cape

She's warned against mob justice on trains and advised commuters to rather alert officials with information including train number and carriage number.

Commuters are encouraged to give tip-offs via Twitter on @CapeTownTrains, SMS the CrimeLine on 32211 or call the rapid rail police unit's control room 021 449 4309/10

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