moreJohannesburg - Two sisters were detained by Gautrain security for four hours and fined R700 for chewing gum, according to a report on Tuesday.
The incident happened on Friday, the Star newspaper reported.
Sisters Pontso Pakkies and Lebo Sibisi said they were unaware that chewing gum was not allowed on the train.
While waiting for the train, Pakkies said a guard approached them and told them to get rid of the gum.
After talking to a guard, they wrapped the gum in paper and placed it in their bags as there was no dustbin nearby.
As the train approached, one of the security managers told them they could not board.
I find it hard to believe that they were unaware of the rule as the posters are quite visible when you enter the station but I also think it is a bit harsh to detain them. Sounds like they detained them till they paid, if that is the case fine, but without any cellphone signal it does get a bit creepy.