- A number of Tshwane commuters have forced their way onto buses, ignoring the loading capacity limits.
- The Tshwane administrator has pleaded with commuters to comply with the regulations and loading capacity limits.
- The City has received threats about the possible destruction of buses because of the current capacity challenges.
The City of Tshwane has urged public transport commuters to comply with the Covid-19 lockdown Level 3 regulations following reports that commuters were forcing their way onto buses, ignoring the loading capacity limits.
In a statement on Wednesday, Tshwane administrator Mpho Nawa said the A Re Yeng Mamelodi service has been experiencing capacity problems due to the number of commuters going through the system and forcing entry into the buses, instead of waiting for the next available bus.
Nawa implored bus and taxi commuters to comply with regulations and to strictly adhere to the required loading capacity for public transport.
"The public is discouraged from travelling using public transport, unless it is necessary and urged to assist the A Re Yeng, Tshwane Bus Service and the Tshwane Taxi Industry to comply with the lockdown regulations," Nawa said.
"The City of Tshwane further pleads with the public transport commuters to work together with the various transport operators in complying with the 50% and 70% loading capacity for both buses and taxis, respectively."
Nawa added that the City received threats of violence from unnamed sources about possible destruction or the damaging of buses from 3 June and that the threats emanate from the current capacity challenges.
"The capacity problems are being attended to and we request commuters to be alert and report any threat or violent acts to the law enforcement authorities," Nawa said.
He said the City was currently in talks with the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport to increase the number of buses to cater for capacity challenges currently being experienced.
"As communicated by the Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, Metrorail services are not operational yet. All public transport modes including metered-taxis and e-hailing service providers are allowed to operate throughout the day during Level 3, on condition that they limit the number of passengers that can travel together."
"Significantly, we are requesting employers/companies to consider staggering the working times for their employees to accommodate the delays due to the current loading capacity requirements," Nawa concluded.