Five arrested for Gautrain shooting

2012-03-13 13:23

Johannesburg - Five people been have been arrested in the Pretoria area in connection with the attempted murder of a Gautrain bus driver, police said on Tuesday.

The four men and one woman were taken into custody at different locations in Pretoria over the past 24 hours, Captain Pinky Tsinyane said.

The driver - who recently joined Gautrain - was shot on Monday morning in Rooihuiskraal while trial-running bus routes in the Centurion area.

The trial was carried out with a view to the reinstatement of routes after recent illegal strikes by Gautrain bus drivers.

On Tuesday, Bombela Concession company spokesperson Kelebogile Machaka said the driver was recovering well in a Centurion hospital.

Escalation of violence

"He went to theatre [into surgery] yesterday, but he's in a stable condition at the moment."

Machaka said the shooting followed other incidents where Gautrain buses were targeted and services disrupted. She said Bombela had approached the government over concerns that attacks were becoming a trend.

"Everybody at the Gautrain, including bus drivers, has been extremely concerned about this apparent escalation in the criminal and violent nature of the attacks directed at the Gautrain bus service.

"We feel that the Gautrain bus service has been under concerted criminal attack and, as a private sector entity, we can do no more without the strong and decisive intervention of the state," Machaka said.

Tsinyane said the woman who was arrested allegedly stopped the bus by waving a Gautrain travel card.

The five, between the ages of 22 and 49, were expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

  • procold2 - 2012-03-13 13:28

    good work, now do the rest and have these people convicted and in jail as fast as possible

      Melusi Myaluza - 2012-03-13 13:37

      don't hold your breath, they will be released due to lack of evidence, this is sa my friend

      procold2 - 2012-03-13 13:52

      hope not melusi, with the crime rate in sa we need swift justice.

      Mattewis - 2012-03-13 14:21

      @Melusi Don't forget lack of prison space as well!

  • Herman - 2012-03-13 13:39

    Good! Noe Bombela should start firing striking employees people permanently and appoint people that are willing to work and needs the work.

  • Bluecrest - 2012-03-13 13:46

    Good news but like Melusi says this is SA... Wonder how much bail will be?

  • alansmartSnr - 2012-03-13 14:01

    All strikers, over the whole spectrum, should be summaraly fired. There are enough unemployed willing to work, to fill the vacuum.

  • rodfor1435 - 2012-03-13 14:04

    News24 wtf is this : Johannesburg - Five people been have been arrested in the Pretoria area in connection with the attempted murder of a Gautrain bus driver, police said on Tuesday.

      Skuiter - 2012-03-13 14:10


      rodfor1435 - 2012-03-13 15:28

      @ everyone who gave my comment a thumbsdown and the first five words "Five people been have been "......Geez I swear you guys work for News24 too LOL

  • MBA - 2012-03-13 14:24

    good work,

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-03-13 14:39

    Why are they letting the fired strikers convene at the depot entrance in Midrand. If they are fired what are they still doing there, demanding employment? Is funny that they got fired for demanding to be fetched from their place of residence to work and back again, but now they are able to wake-up so early, using their petrol just to convene at the depot I don’t know for what. They have spend 3 months without any pay, and I wonder who is gonna employ them because they can’t but Gaurain Drivers on their resume because they employer is gonna say Well you can leave your resume here and if you did not hear from us in a week just know that....

  • Leon - 2012-03-13 14:55

    They have to move fast. Rhe Gautrain cost the state billions, and if it fails, they are in trouble. They need an alternative for the e-toll fiasco.

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