Cape Town condemns attacks on MyCiTi buses

2015-02-06 12:29
MyCiTi bus. (City of Cape Town)

MyCiTi bus. (City of Cape Town)

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Cape Town - The City of Cape Town has condemned two incidents involving separate attacks on two MyCiTi buses in the city on Thursday night.

“The City of Cape Town condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the violence and utter lawlessness by criminals who have no regard for the attempts to resolve this dispute in a peaceful manner,” said the city’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport Brett Herron.

“As from this morning [Friday], law enforcement officials have been deployed to monitor the service and to ensure the safety of our passengers and bus drivers.

“We are asking any eyewitnesses to come forward to help us identify those responsible for these despicable acts.”

The first incident took place in the Hangberg area in Hout Bay at 20:00, and not between 04:00 and 05:00, as previously reported.

According to the city, an object, presumably a stone, was thrown at one of the bus’s side windows. No injuries were recorded to the driver or the passengers, the city said.

The second incident took place in Woodstock on Thursday night, after an unidentified person attempted to torch a bus on Roodebloem Road at around 20:30.

An unknown man ignited something in the back of the bus after all of the passengers had exited at the stop, the city said. He then too exited from the bus and fled the scene, while the bus driver hurt his hand when he broke a side window to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher.

The back window was damaged in the attack, authorities confirmed, with police looking into video footage to apprehend the suspect.

The services on these two routes have been suspended.

There has been no clear evidence that the attacks were related to the ongoing MyCiti bus strike currently underway. Herron, though, reserved a warning for the perpetrators were they to be linked to the strike.

“We will be investigating these incidents and if it is found that some of Satawu’s members were involved, we will be holding this union legally responsible for their members’ conduct and the financial damages we have suffered,” Herron added.
Read more on:    myciti  |  satawu  |  cape town  |  crime  |  transport  |  strikes

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