Kraaifontein train driver shot & killed robber after being attacked

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CAPE TOWN - A Metrorail train driver, JD Joubert, shot and killed a 26-year-old attacker/robber near Kraaifontein Station after being attacked by four men near the station in the early hours of Friday morning.

The other three ran off. Acting in self-defence, the 60-year-old drew his licensed firearm and shot one of the suspects. Joubert was on his way to sign the attendance register when he was attacked.

This was the second attack in one month. Joubert resigned following the first attack on August 2, after 41 years in service of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).

Photo: Solly Lottering

His last day of work will be on the 30th of September 2016.

In a statement released by the United National Transport Union, the train driver says he's traumatised. Joubert is retiring at the end of the month after working for Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) for 41 years.

According to the union, Joubert has been advised by a Prasa appointed lawyer not make any statements about the incident.

Police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel André Traut confirms: “The circumstances surrounding the matter are being investigated and a death inquest case docket has been registered.”

Joubert has not been arrested and was allowed to go home after being questioned by the SAPS.