THE SELLING OF CANNABIS ON TRAIN
By: Lucia Maduma
“Thornwood trains are no longer a good and safe means of transport to use as they have being turned into a cannabis market,” said Morena Bulane one of the passengers.
According to Bulane, people use trains because it is a safe and cheap method of transport but lately Thornwood trains are a cannabis market because on every train there is a seller.
He added that in South Africa selling cannabis is illegal but on metro rail trains it is easy to run cannabis business because the morning trains do not have security like the evening
“We are aware of the activities that are taking place on the train but we are not able to guard all the train from morning to the evening because we are short of securities and the
trains are many, so it’s hard to keep up with the sellers but we will look into it,” said PRASA security Skhumbuzo Dladla.
One of the sellers who is only known as Malume said it is easy to sell cannabis on the train even though the profit is not much.
“I know my customers, and because there is many of us who are selling the same product we had decided to separate, I have my own train where I sell alone and others have theirs as
well,” said Malume.
He said he has been arrested before for selling cannabis on the train and spend years in prison, but when he came back he went back to his business because it is his only means of
One of the passengers Mrs Dineo mohale said that they fear for their lives because they sometimes get pick pocketed by thugs who come to buy the drug and pleaded with the
Metrorail to do something about the issue.
PRASA said that even if they target a certain train for such activities the sellers get a tip off somehow and that is why they cannot keep up with them.
The Thornwood station manager was not available to comment.