Joburg to continue BRT despite gun attack on bus

2009-09-02 10:34

The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service will continue despite a gun

attack in which two passengers were shot while travelling on a bus, the City of

Johannesburg said today.

“We remain firm in our resolve to continue the Rea Vaya BRT starter

service,” said mayoral committee for transport member Rehana Moosajee.

The two people wounded in the attack were in a stable condition.

“We have not arrested anybody in connection with the shooting, but

we are still investigating. The two who were shot are in a stable condition in

hospital,” said Soweto police spokesman Inspector Kay Makhubele.

Moosajee said the city condemned the attack “in the strongest

possible terms”.

It had contacted all spheres of government to discuss the

situation.

“All law enforcement agencies are stepping up their measures to

protect passengers, Rea Vaya staff and property,” she said.

Measures to protect commuters included a police presence on all

buses as well as law enforcement vehicles accompanying the buses.

She said contingency plans would also be stepped up.

“Commuters should not allow their hard won gains for improved

public transport to be undermined in this way.”

A policeman and passenger were wounded when the occupants of a

Toyota Quantum minibus taxi that had been following the bus opened fire near the

Nancefield Hostel around 7pm last night.

The officer was hit in the leg and an unidentified passenger also

wounded.

After the shooting the driver pressed on and eventually stopped

next to the Regina Mundi Church.


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