The burning of a truck and 4 Golden Arrow buses in Nyanga results in damage of 10 million rand

DA: Burning of truck and 4 Golden Arrow buses in Nyanga results in damage of R10 million

A bus driver is recovering from head injuries sustained in the violence that erupted after city traffic officers seized taxis on Thursday morning.

FILE: A Golden Arrow bus and another vehicle were set on fire at Nyanga Terminal on May 28, 2021. Photo: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN – The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Thursday that the burning of four Golden Arrow buses and a lorry in Cape Town near Nyanga caused damage of nearly R10 million .

A bus driver is recovering from head injuries sustained in the violence that erupted after city traffic officers seized taxis on Thursday morning.

Three Golden Arrow buses were bombarded with petrol along Govan Mbeki and Emms Drive shortly after 9am, while a fourth bus and a lorry – belonging to Cape Town City – were set on fire nearby.

Ricardo Mackenzie of the DA said he planned to invite the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to the Transport Standing Committee, to brief them on the strategy for prosecuting the perpetrators.

“Until there is a holistic approach to this issue, commuters will continue to bear the brunt of having to use more of their disposable income to find alternative transport. We will monitor these developments and do everything in our power to ensure residents can access the safe transportation options they deserve,” he said.

Bronwen Dyke-Beyer of Golden Arrows condemned the attacks: “This brazen violence is unacceptable and we call on the authorities to fulfill their mandate, to ensure the safety of our drivers and passengers.”

Meanwhile, Joseph Swartbooi of the police said on Thursday authorities would remain at the scene: “The Public Order Police, supported by the South African Nyanga Police Service and the Metro Police, are currently monitoring a situation in the Nyanga region where several buses and vehicles were set on fire by as yet unidentified suspects”.

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