Vandalism of MyCiTi bus station condemned

2016-03-21 12:39
Damage caused to the Dunoon MyCiti bus station on Sunday afternoon (Supplied by JP Smith, City of Cape Town)

Damage caused to the Dunoon MyCiti bus station on Sunday afternoon (Supplied by JP Smith, City of Cape Town)

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Cape Town – There is no excuse for the “criminal and thuggish behaviour” of protesters who vandalised a MyCiTi bus station in Dunoon, a Cape Town official said on Monday.

A group linked to private land invasions in the area targeted the station in Potsdam Road around 16:30 on Sunday, transport mayoral committee member Brett Herron said.

“Commuters and a security guard fled the scene when the protesters threw rocks and objects at the station building, causing damage to the glass panels and exterior of the building.”

Nobody was injured, but services on some routes were suspended for the rest of the evening.

According to safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith, the MyCiTi Dunoon station and Potsdam Road were closed on Monday morning because of further stone throwing.

Four law enforcement vehicles were damaged as a result of the stoning.

“Metro Police fired shotgun rubber rounds to prevent protesters from further damaging the MyCiTy bus station and attacking the officers.”

He said the N7 remained open and was being monitored. The attack on the station was the second in a week.

On Tuesday, illegal minibus taxi operators damaged the roller shutter doors, front entrance, cash office windows and canopies of a MyCiTi station in Joe Slovo, said Herron.

The extent and cost of the damage to both stations was still being assessed.

“Whatever the reason, there can be no justification for the anarchy, violence and destruction that took place in Dunoon and Joe Slovo,” said Herron.

“Vandalism and the destruction of city property, coupled with intimidation and threats to our personnel and law abiding citizens, is unacceptable.”

(Supplied by City of Cape Town)

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