Victory for bus fare protesters

2018-07-12 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedBus commuters were left stranded in eMona as protests about an increase in the price of bus coupons saw roads blocked by burning tires.

PHOTO: suppliedBus commuters were left stranded in eMona as protests about an increase in the price of bus coupons saw roads blocked by burning tires.

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COMMUNITY members from eMona in Tongaat took to the streets on Monday, July 2, to express their displeasure about bus fare increases.

The protesters blocked all the exit roads and barricaded the roads with burning tyres. The protesters were angry that the price of bus coupons was increased to R 60 from R50.

Zanele Khuzwayo said:“Some of us we are not working. They should have not increased the bus fare,” she said.

Khuzwayo added: “We feel that the bus fare increase is a robbery. Workers have to pay R 60 for a bus coupon while other people not using coupon will pay R 12.

“We are not happy about this,” she said.

Another resident, Skhumbuzo Zondi, said: “We understand that petrol prices increased but we feel that if the bus coupon is R 60 then poor people will not be able to use the bus again. We rely on the bus because it’s cheaper,” Zondi said.

The protest started in the early morning and saw workers left stranded with some saying they did not go to work as the protesters had blockaded all the roads.

Thandeka Mdluli works in Tongaat. She said that she did not go to work on Monday as protesters were allegedly making threatening remarks to those who opted not to participate in the protest and go to work.

“I was not participating in the protest. I feel bitter because the protesters did not allow us to go to work — they even stopped private cars,” she said.

Owner of the Injabuliso Bus service Kishore Sathan said: “We are back on the road. We listened to our passengers and did not increase the bus fare.”

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said: “We can confirm that a group of 100 people from Mona were protesting the increase in bus fare. The protest was peaceful and no injuries and damages were reported.”

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