Five arrested for Gautrain shooting

By Drum Digital
13 March 2012

Five people been have been arrested in the Pretoria area in connection with the attempted murder of a Gautrain bus driver, police said on Tuesday.

The four men and one woman were taken into custody at different locations in Pretoria over the past 24 hours, Captain Pinky Tsinyane said.

The driver -- who recently joined Gautrain -- was shot on Monday morning in Rooihuiskraal while trial-running bus routes in the Centurion area.

The trial-running was with a view to the reinstatement of routes after recent illegal strikes by Gautrain bus drivers.

On Tuesday, Bombela Concession company spokeswoman Kelebogile Machaka said the driver was recovering well in a Centurion hospital.

"He went to theatre [into surgery] yesterday, but he's in a stable condition at the moment."

Machaka said the shooting followed other incidents where Gautrain buses were targeted and services disrupted. She said Bombela had approached the government over concerns that attacks were becoming a trend.

"Everybody at the Gautrain, including bus drivers, has been extremely concerned about this apparent escalation in the criminal and violent nature of the attacks directed at the Gautrain bus service.

"We feel that the Gautrain bus service has been under concerted criminal attack and, as a private sector entity, we can do no more without the strong and decisive intervention of the state," Machaka said.

Tsinyane said the woman who was arrested allegedly stopped the bus by waving a Gautrain travel card.

The five, between the ages of 22 and 49, were expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on charges of murder and malicious damage to property.

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