Gautrain bus driver shot in Centurion

2012-03-12 13:35

Johannesburg - A Gautrain bus driver was shot and wounded in Rooihuiskraal, Centurion on Monday, the Bombela Concession company said.

"We can confirm that such an incident occurred just before 08:00 this morning," spokesperson Kelebogile Machaka said.

"The bus driver was shot and he is in a stable condition in hospital. No one else was injured, but our bus services are suspended in Centurion, Pretoria and Hatfield."

Machaka said further details were not immediately available. Police were investigating.

On February 24, a Gautrain bus operating on the Midrand route was shot at. No one was injured, but the bus was slightly damaged. The company said it was of great concern and might have been linked to the illegal strike by bus drivers.

In January, drivers went on strike because they wanted MegaExpress, the Gautrain bus operating company, to provide them with transport from their homes to their workplace every day.

The company fired over 300 drivers in February as a result of the strike.

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- Gautrain website.

  • Stan - 2012-03-12 13:41

    that's somebody's father, son, husband, uncle, friend!! I hope he recovers soon!!!

      deon.schyff - 2012-03-12 13:56

      What is happening to our beloved country - hope he gets well soon

      marnusmnorval - 2012-03-12 14:09

      We want more money, if we get fired we shoot people at work. Sigh at this country

      Anthony - 2012-03-12 14:15

      deon ----our beloved country is being systematically destroyed ,day by day --it will soon be a waste land if u read the press [while it is still not ANC blacked out] you can not miss this FACT day by day or beloved country is being DESTROYED who heard 94.7 this morning about the 999 police line ---wow --I rest my case

      Willie - 2012-03-12 16:14

      The goverment should take blame for all this nonsense, here is why tax payers money is used to subsidise this projects namely, Gautrain,and Reyavaya in Soweto , how come they do not come out strongly and warn this thugs from their alliance (cosatu) that strong action will be taken against the union that organise a protest.Because whenever there is a strike suddenly you have trains ,buses ,infrastructure and other related things get vandalised.Surely someone need to stand up and confront this unhloy marraige 'cause is not working.

  • Bluecrest - 2012-03-12 13:48

    Bloody animal!!! Guaranteed it was one of the previous guys that was fired. Because the previous drivers were incapable of actually working they try and take the life of someone who WANTS to work. Hope they find him and he goes away for a looooong time!

      procold2 - 2012-03-12 13:52

      bluecrset i agree, might also be linked to the taxis i think when this thing is up and running it might affect a few of their routes

  • Tanie - 2012-03-12 13:49

    Seems to amaze me,today you are given a job because you are poor and humble. Tomorrow you are demanding and telling the owner what to do and how to run their own business. If you are full of business ideas, then start your own business and stop striking and forcing owners to conform to your stupid and arrogant ideas.

      Bluecrest - 2012-03-12 13:50


      Tanie - 2012-03-12 14:13

      It's Francois and his girlfriend,I know the culprits.

  • Tammy - 2012-03-12 13:49

    this is suppose to happen in movies - not real life. Hope yu recover soon

      Omrisho - 2012-03-12 14:30

      that's the problem, too much tv :P

  • symbolofmylife - 2012-03-12 13:51

    And our Government claims they have offered us a proper solutions in terms of public transport, thereby justifying tolls?!?!?!?!? GAUTRAIN: Faster than a speeding bullet...well, maybe not...

  • Tendy Nedombs - 2012-03-12 13:54

    Now innocent people are going to get hurt and injured because Mega Express is so stuborn. They must sort out their issues with drivers.

      Irene - 2012-03-12 13:59

      You make it sound as if the shooting is justified! There is no justification for violence and the shooting of innocent people!!!

      DanitoGP - 2012-03-12 14:08

      Mega Express' dispute with whoever, (even disgruntled drivers) does have nothing to do with this act of barbarism. You cant blame Mega Express for a criminal behavior of an individual that has only their personal interest, has no concern whatsoever for the fate of the victim(s) etc. It is imbeciles like these that should be shot dead at first opportunity because they are the cancer of this society.

      Steve - 2012-03-12 15:13

      Youre such an idiot, IQ like the South African average, 50? I think so

  • rebeccadianesmith - 2012-03-12 13:55

    Oh my goodness... Praying that he recovers quickly, and can identify the animal who did this to him.

      Tammy - 2012-03-12 14:15

      animals don not behave like this. this was done by a VERY primitive one celled oxygen thief.

  • betsy.compaan - 2012-03-12 14:00

    I am sure after all these incidents that overseas companies like Bombela will definitely think twice before investing again in South Africa. They are going to end up making a loss out of this whole project and next time around we will not be in the receiving end of first world infrastructure from these companies. It’s a disgrace.

  • nkulekweni - 2012-03-12 14:03

    As a country we are utterely incapable of appreciating good things. The gautrain as, is world cup 2010, is one of the goods things that came out of the Mbeki administration. We have to go and destroy it.

      Tshifhiwa - 2012-03-12 14:45

      no need to mentioned Mbeki's name. it is not his money that brought that transpotation but ours tax payers.

  • Melusi Myaluza - 2012-03-12 14:03


  • Deon - 2012-03-12 14:07

    It happens more and more: Striking yourself out of a job.

  • Thoka - 2012-03-12 14:08

    pathetic.. Limpopo grannys must introduce their transport services in gauteng. evogue(broom) loaf of bread( school/city bus). Limpopo grannies empowerment(LGE).

  • Nadia - 2012-03-12 14:12

    The official Gautrain website has a link for Live News Feeds, but not once do they update it with news of suspended bus services! Shame on them for intentionally misleading potential customers! This system has so much potential, but they refuse to give commuters a reason to trust them :(

      Terry-Lee Heuer - 2012-03-12 16:07

      It seems their facebook page is more reliable they update it all the time with the latest in fact this story was their update early this morning and they always advising when busses are running or not and where

  • Shirley - 2012-03-12 14:29

    Carry on ignoring the crisis government and foreign investment=0000000000!!!!!!!!! Bunch of clowns in charge!

  • Almero - 2012-03-12 14:29

    O lovely. Just wanted to make use of this service for an urgent appointment on Thursday. Guess I can't now. Even if the buses are running who knows when the next incident will happen and see the buses suspended again and cause me to miss my appointment. To whoever this is, thank you for keeping us a Banana Republic. There is no way we can ever compete with the rest of the civilised world as long as this continues. Well done! Will need to be stuck in traffic again.

  • mandri.olivier - 2012-03-12 14:39

    According to Beeld the driver slowed down because a woman signaled that she wanted to get on the bus. As far as I know the bus is only allowed to stop at the bus terminals?

  • elsabe.wessels1 - 2012-03-12 14:40

    Is this being investigated? It honestly can't happen more than two times and not be investigated. Still amazed at how quickly people jump to violence, shows how little respect there is for another person's life.

  • seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-03-12 14:51

    Come on SA put another bid in for another world cup of some sort or other and then let's see how confident the rest of the world would be to ever pitch up here again! So much for the all new and improved safe/reliable public transport! Empty promises - while the soccer world cup was hosted all was good and well - did not last till SA went straight back to showing it's real colours again. Nothing unusual, but there is absolutely no excuse for the total lack of feelings for anyone's life or that of their families.

  • Thandinkosi - 2012-03-12 14:52

    I hope that the calprit will be apprehended and spend a good part of life in jail. And may his chidren also curse and disown him as there is no better life after killing. The muderer must come forward and repent and start accepting the he was fired in the first because he wasnted to force the employer to run the business his way.Now that he is unemployed is attacking those who think different from him. Wake up boy , you have ruined your life and those of your children because you shall never be the same whether you are caught or not.

      Melusi Myaluza - 2012-03-12 16:14

      chief, learn to read and understand, a few spelling classes will do u a world of good, the driver was wounded,not murdered, copish????

  • Cosmic - 2012-03-12 14:53

    And then one is not allowed to carry your legally obtained firearm on the Gautrain and its services.... Guess they forgot to inform the criminals. Or maybe it is because of this that the criminal element knows there will be no resistance to their actions.

  • Steve - 2012-03-12 15:05


  • seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-03-12 15:15

    Being stuck in traffic and paying the tolls is starting to sound safer now after hearing of a few of these incidents that are starting to take place already! Rather pay and be safe! Best wishes to the willing and able bus drivers who are trying to earn an honest living to be able to serve and protect and feed their families! To all you thugs who don't care a shtick about anyone else but themselves - try Russian roulette - PLEASE, you really deserve it! If you think that everyone in this world can earn something for nothing - think again!!!

  • Erich - 2012-03-12 16:10

    The Gautrain bus service created problems from day one. The wrong type of bus is used (too big for the small number of passengers), routes not well planned and the drivers too undisciplined. This vendetta against bus drivers can only come from one of two sources - from the taxi industry or disgruntled striking bus drivers. The Gautrain management has a major problem and I am not so sure that they are managing the crisis correctly. Another white elephant which is costing the tax payer dearly.

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