‘Land invaders’ throw stones

2018-01-25 06:00
Metal collectors helped themselves to the carcas of the Golden Arrow bus that was set alight during a violent protects where 12 cars were stoned. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Metal collectors helped themselves to the carcas of the Golden Arrow bus that was set alight during a violent protects where 12 cars were stoned. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Police are keeping a close eye on land invasions which have caused the closure of Govan Mbeki Road (formerly Lansdowne Road) for two days in Philippi following violent protests.

On Monday, a Golden Arrow bus was set alight while cars were stoned with motorists and passengers fleeing the violence.

An onlooker at the site of the torched bus said that he was at his Klipfontein informal settlement when he heard a loud bang.

“At first we thought it was a gunshot so we went out to look but we were shocked to see a bus on fire with people pouring out of it.

Luckily, we didn’t see anyone injured but it was shocking to see the bus burning,” he said.

Golden Arrow spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer said that the bus was petrol bombed and condemned the action by protestors.

“We condemn this in the strongest terms as we are not politically affiliated and are simply trying to get people to work and home to their families. Anyone with any information is urged to come forward,” she said.

“At present we are still diverting buses from certain parts of Govan Mbeki and would like to sincerely apologise to any passengers who have been affected. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and to work with law enforcement,” she added.

“The stone throwing in Govan Mbeki Road by a group of people alleged to be land invaders took place between 16:00 and 20:00 on Monday.

About 12 cases of malicious damage to property cases were reported at Philippi-East police station after stones were thrown at vehicles although no one has been arrested in that particular incident,” said spokesperson Captain Bheki Xulu from the Philippi East police station.

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