Golden Arrow looks to panic buttons, cameras on buses to improve safety after armed robbery

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Armed men robbed people on a Golden Arrow bus.
Armed men robbed people on a Golden Arrow bus.
Duncan Alfreds, News24
  • Golden Arrow Bus Services has said it is in the process of rolling out cameras and panic buttons in their buses but it won't happen immediately.
  • Two armed men forced their way onto a Golden Arrow bus loading passengers in Spine Road, Khayelitsha, and took off with cellphones.
  • An armed robbery docket was opened at the Harare police station.


Following a bus robbery in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, this week, Golden Arrow Bus Services is in the process of rolling out cameras and panic buttons on its buses.

However, this will not happen immediately.

On Wednesday, at approximately 06:40, two armed men forced their way onto a Golden Arrow bus loading passengers in Spine Road, Khayelitsha.

"They started to rob the passengers of their belongings and took an undisclosed amount of cellular telephones from the passengers and an undisclosed amount of money from the driver," police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said.

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They then jumped out of the bus and fled the scene on foot.

Golden Arrow Bus Services spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer said the driver and four passengers were on board.

"We have been working closely with SAPS in Khayelitsha, who have been boarding buses and conducting operations as part of the joint operational plan, but this is indicative of the severity of the crime problem in the area," she said.

"Cameras and panic buttons are being rolled out to the whole fleet, but this is not an overnight process, unfortunately," Dyke-Beyer added.

According to the bus company, it hopes to see further improvements as it continues to roll out interventions.

An armed robbery docket was opened at the Harare police station in Khayelitsha.

Van Wyk said the docket would be transferred to the Lingelethu West police for further investigation as it occurred in their jurisdiction.

No one has yet been arrested.

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