A learner, who was about to turn 17, was killed on the Cape Town Southern Metrorail line on Friday morning. “Preliminary reports indicate that a young male, +/- 16 years old, fell from a moving train between Salt River and Woodstock while attempting to jump from one train to another,” said Riana Scott, spokesperson for Metrorail.
Simo Maninginingi Kwepe, from Zonnebloem NEST Senior School, was certified dead on the scene. The incident was reported at 7:33am. Emergency services and the police closed the line during their on-site investigation.
Train traffic was diverted until 12:30pm. Zukie Vuka, an organiser for commuter activist group #UniteBehind, said: “It is not unusual for people to jump off trains … If the next train is going to come [only] in the next hour or two, imagine if you are going to school or work. You have to be at the same station waiting for an hour because there are not enough trains.
People are desperate.” According to Vuka, a number of people have been killed on Cape Town Metrorail lines since January. Metrorail could not confirm the number killed at the time of publication.
The Railway Safety Regulator reports that 343 people were struck dead by trains in 2017/18.