Gautrain bus shooter posed as commuter

2012-02-24 20:45
Johannesburg - A Gautrain bus operating on the Midrand route was shot at on Friday afternoon, police said.

Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said this happened at about 14:00 when the driver stopped for someone he believed was a passenger.

"When the bus stopped, the man fired a shot into the direction of the bus and ran away. No one was injured and police are searching the area for the shooter."

Eyewitness News reported the police were investigating a charge of attempted murder.

The bus driver and a fellow Gautrain employee were the only people on the bus. Bombela Concession Company spokesperson Errol Braithwaite said the bus was slightly damaged.

"This is of great concern to us and we call on authorities to find those behind the shooting," Braithwaite said.

"We view the shooting in a very serious light. We appeal to the police to apply the law and to prevent intimidation like this from taking place."

In January, drivers went on strike because they wanted MegaExpress, the Gautrain bus operating company, to provide them with transport from their homes to their place of work every day.

The company fired over 300 drivers in February as a result of the strike. Out of the nine bus routes available, four had been reopened since the strike.
Read more on:    gautrain  |  johannesburg

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

How much food do you need to concentrate?

We have been taught that we need three meals a day in order to make it through the day and while most of us indulge in more than our fair share there is a large portion of South Africans who are living off barely enough to sustain them.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.