Buses, taxis torched near Rustenburg

2012-03-28 13:29

Rustenburg - Six buses and a number of minibus taxis were set alight during a quarrel between taxi drivers in Marikana, near Rustenburg, North West police said on Wednesday.

Warrant Officer Sam Tselanyane said six buses belonging to the Midbank bus company were set alight on Tuesday morning.

The buses were at the Middlekraal station in the Lonmin area of Wonderkop at the time.

Tselanyane said Tuesday's arson attacks followed taxi violence that erupted in Marikana when members of two taxi associations, one local and one long distance, went on the rampage on Saturday.

It was suspected that the violence started after local taxi operators accused members of the long distance group of ferrying passengers to areas where they were not supposed to go. A fight ensued between the two groups and five taxis were set alight.

The damage in both incidents was estimated at R17.5m.

Tselanyane said cases of public violence and malicious damage to property had been registered. Police were sent to the area and roadblocks had been set up.

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  • Clifford - 2012-03-28 13:38

    I think I must go back to Zimbabwe..The situation there isn't this bad.

      Tammy - 2012-03-28 13:46

      sounds like a plan Clifford - can I join you?

      jowza1 - 2012-03-28 14:22

      you have busses in zim?

      Clifford - 2012-03-28 14:51

      @Jowza1....Yes we have a few...But there people they won't dare burn busses or anything because they are too scared of the police.Here it seems the police are scared of the people

      Oom - 2012-03-28 16:25

      Do they have diesel money?

  • Tammy - 2012-03-28 13:45

    and there we go again - solving problems in africa

      Michael - 2012-03-28 15:04

      South Africa to be exact,

      Irene - 2012-03-28 17:21

      The sophistication of these people is astounding!

  • lunghile.ndleve - 2012-03-28 13:48

    R17.5 m? What else did they set on fire.

  • Rvn - 2012-03-28 13:52

    but we must use public transport??

  • Peter-Peter - 2012-03-28 13:55

    Blah blah blah blah blah News24...why publish this c*ap on a daily basis? All it ever does, is get the public worked up about it. There is NOTHING us citizens can do about these taxis. There is NOTHING the government is willing to do about them. So news like this, ONLY gets us worked up about rubbish. the taxi industry is an itch we cant scratch, so please put some GOOD NEWS about what loyal south africans are doing for this country, rather than the ill hearted d**k-heads ruining this country!

      Gideon - 2012-03-28 14:02

      +1! You said it.

  • Junebugg - 2012-03-28 14:00

    Taxis and buses worth 17m??? were these ROLLS ROYCE QUANTUMS or what?? Assuming that each bus is R500 000 , that would be 3 Million for Buses and Taxis for worth R14m .

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-28 14:54

      Buses is not so cheap. Depends on make and models as well as luxuriousness level. Some also are not always completed yet and must be change for specific purposes at extra cost. Here are a couple of outdated prices on M/benz buses and now, they are not necessarily the best or the most expensive. There are other, very popular and good makes that cost more. I however agree that their amount, stated, sounds a bit high. Maybe it half reporting or plenty taxis as well. Model Prices ? O 500 RSD 2436/30 R 1 217 400 ? O 500 RSD 2436/30 Auto R 1 480 900 ? O 500M 1725/59 R 907 500 ? O 500M 1726/L59 R 948 000 ? OF 1726/59 R 881 700 ? OF 1726/59 Auto R 1 002 200 ? OF 1730/59 Auto R 1 087 800 ? OF 1730/59 Man R 967 300 Prices updated on: 1 January 2011 All Prices are recommended Retail and exclude VAT. Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

  • watsongeorgejan - 2012-03-28 14:02

    Typical of the taxi industry, now why torch buses ?

      Michael - 2012-03-28 14:13

      Typical stupid thinking... if we as taxis can't operate, so must the bus companies!

      Clifford - 2012-03-28 14:14

      Naughty buses

      valcooperRSA - 2012-03-29 02:45

      Because its what they they cant steal it....kill it....rape it....they burn it

  • Dominique - 2012-03-28 14:13

    hahaha!! wot a joke

  • Andrew - 2012-03-28 14:20

    Just so typical of our locals. Destroy all you can whenever you can. Sick!!!

  • Sharon - 2012-03-28 14:25

    You burn my bus, I'll burn your taxi - is that how it played out? Or did they just burn anything in their path?

      watsongeorgejan - 2012-03-28 15:28

      When they go bonkers they burn anything in their midst...

  • ntshavhenit - 2012-03-28 14:25

    I like RSA taxi drivers, they dnt break the law but they only bend it. and look at how they bend it this time, so hw are they going to maintain their family?

  • Mashudu - 2012-03-28 14:29

    Not Surprising, Taxis r full of violence all the time.

  • mholthuysen - 2012-03-28 14:46

    Another day in paradise!

  • Loo - 2012-03-28 14:58

    This is same as wife torching husband's car cause he upset her, then next day launch a complaint with Education department for not having transport to take their kids to school. When will they realize they are sh***ing on their own doorstep. Is rational thought completely out the door,,,, wait,,, what am i saying ? I should have known its too much to expect from them.

      valcooperRSA - 2012-03-29 02:50

      Ooops.....doesn't this behavior just want to make you strike coming up no doubt or another protest...or look for more busses and taxis to burn....

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-03-28 16:45

    bring back public transport

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