Fourteen Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) guards, arrested in the raid of the agency’s headquarters while allegedly trying to steal vehicles, have been axed.
The group was fired following a disciplinary process, with Prasa board chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama saying the outcome of this hearing was a testimony to its resolve to root out criminal elements and corruption in the agency.
The group faces charges including attempted robbery and assault. The 14 are out on bail.
The prosecution rejected the group’s claim they were conducting a sanctioned simulation to test security as improbable.
Prasa boss Dr Nkosinathi Sishi said it was shocking that the group not only tried to steal vehicles, but severely assaulted fellow employees under the guise of simulation to test the agency’s security.