Metrobus driver still in serious condition

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Johannesburg - Metrobus in Johannesburg will employ an external security company to accompany its buses travelling in the early mornings and in the evenings after one of its drivers was shot and wounded during a robbery this week.

"We have met with police and the Johannesburg metro police department and they will try assist our travel on Ontdekkers. What we are also doing is employing an external security company to accompany our buses for the early morning and late afternoon when it is dark, especially with winter approaching," Metrobus spokesperson Esther Dreyer said.

The driver, Selelo Edward Marwala, 58 and nicknamed Ace, was shot and wounded when he tried to protect on the bus in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg, on Wednesday morning.

He was still in a serious condition on Thursday after undergoing surgery the night before.

"His condition is still serious but it is still stable at the Flora Clinic in Roodepoort," Dryer said.

Johannesburg metro police chief superintendent Wayne Minnaar said police were monitoring the area where the attack took place.

"Metro police are increasing patrols in that area to monitor that area more closely," he said.

Bus attacks

On Wednesday, Dryer said a group of six armed men jumped onto the bus when it stopped on the corner of Hendrik Potgieter and Ontdekkers roads to pick up a passenger just before 06:00.

"The men started shooting randomly, possibly to scare the passengers and the bus driver intervened," she said at the time, further stating that Marwala was popular with his passengers and would go out if his way to help them.

A passenger suffered a graze wound.

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