MyCiTi stations remain closed following R2.5 million worth of protest damage

2016-04-24 12:37
Damage caused to the Dunoon MyCiti bus station. (Supplied by JP Smith, City of Cape Town)

Damage caused to the Dunoon MyCiti bus station. (Supplied by JP Smith, City of Cape Town)

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Cape Town – A number of MyCiTi stations in the Dunoon area remain closed following recent protest action and vandalism that has caused at least R2.5 million worth of damage, the City of Cape Town said on Sunday.
“Over 3 000 commuters from Dunoon and the surrounding areas have been adversely affected on a daily basis by the thuggish behaviour of a small group of troublemakers,” Cape Town mayoral committee member for transport, Brett Herron, said in a statement.
“The damage to two MyCiTi stations along Potsdam Road and the Phoenix station in Omuramba Road collectively amounts to at least R2.5 million.”
The Phoenix, Dunoon, Usasaza stations were currently closed as a result of damage caused by various attacks over the last six months. “The Killarney station… is out of service whenever the violent protests flare up,” said Herron.
He said it would take at least six weeks to repair the damage caused to the stations. Residents from Usasaza, Dunoon, Killarney and Phoenix were among those affected by the closures.
Herron said key incidents included two attacks on the Dunoon station – one last Sunday and the other on March 20 whereby bricks and stone were thrown through the glass and a petrol bomb and burning mattress then thrown in the station.

Bricks and stones

Last week, as well as at various times last month, the Usasaza station was attacked by protestors who threw bricks and stones, damaged the building and burnt tyres on the road designated for the MyCiTi buses.
Last month, a MyCiTi bus was stoned along Montague Drive and protesters on several occasions prevented our buses from leaving the depots in the morning.
Herron said problem was exacerbated for commuters who had brought long-term tickets and did not have additional money to pay for other modes of transport.
“We are aware of the fact that these thugs intimidated, threatened and prevented MyCiTi drivers residing in Dunoon from reporting for work. We have anecdotal evidence that other residents from Dunoon suffered the same fate,” he said.
Herron called on those with information about the attacks to contact police or the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63.
He said police were currently investigating a number of cases relating to the vandalism of MyCiTi infrastructure.
The transport centre was also trying to set up alternative boarding arrangements and stops to help commuters while the affected stations remained closed.

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