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Another tragic ‘suicide’ on Strand railway line

Strand police have opened an inquest docket after a man was tragically struck and killed by a train.

The incident occurred between Somerset West and Van der Stel stations on Monday (6 January) and claimed the life of 30-year-old Khotso Paul Mokoni from Lwandle.

A Strand police spokesperson says the fatal incident occurred at 10:45. Mokoni was allegedly spotted by the train driver while standing next to the track. The driver said Mokoni suddenly flung himself in front of the moving train as it approached Van der Stel Railway Station. “He was declared dead on the scene and his identity confirmed by the ID found in his possession,” said the police spokesperson.

Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott stated “the circumstances of the incident are consistent with suicide”.

Scott further says Metrorail is obligated to permit the police to investigate the matter while ensuring an operational response. Strand trains terminated at Eerste River and commuters were advised to make alternative arrangements between Eerste River and Strand until the police completed their investigation.

Scott said regional safety campaigns are conducted regularly, but that it is impossible to pre-emptively prevent suicide.

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