Metrorail suspends trains after fatal shooting of guard

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Metrorail says it will resume services on its central line in Cape Town, Western Cape once it is certain it can operate safely at the Chris Hani Station in Khayelitsha, following the fatal shooting of a security guard providing armed escort to commuters.

Operations on the lines were suspended on Thursday morning after the fatal shooting, when unknown suspects allegedly attacked two guards and robbing them of their firearms.
In a statement, the rail agency says it has taken the decision to close the line between Khayelitsha, Kapteinsklip and Bishop Lavis until further notice, until safety can be guaranteed for its commuters and employees.
Western Cape Regional Manager, Richard Walker says crime continues to threaten the provision of safe transport and it is engaging law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders to find solutions.

Walker said there are no buses to offer as alternative transport, however, commuters with monthly and weekly tickets may use Golden Arrow bus service in off-peak after eight thirty this morning.
The stations will remain closed and no single or return tickets will be sold.