Alleged Gautrain shooters' case postponed

2012-03-14 21:43

Pretoria - A woman and two men accused of shooting and wounding a Gautrain bus driver in Centurion appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The case against Busisiwe Malema, 29, Frans Makadikoa, 47, and Jan Gijima Ndlovu, 47, was postponed until Thursday, when a date would be set for a formal bail application.

They each face a charge of attempted murder. Charges have been withdrawn against two people arrested with them.

The five were arrested on Monday in connection with the shooting of a Gautrain driver during a trial-run of the bus routes in Centurion.

Former Gautrain bus drivers filled the court to show their support for the accused.

On Wednesday, Gautrain spokesperson Errol Braithwaite said the wounded driver had been successfully operated on was expected to be discharged soon.

In January, Gautrain bus drivers went on strike as they were unhappy with their working conditions. They wanted MegaExpress, the Gautrain bus operating company to provide them with transport to and from work, and also wanted a change in their working hours.

Services had been disrupted and employees intimidated since the dismissal of more than 300 drivers who participated in the strike.