It’s barely been a week since law enforcement clamped down on illegal taxis, resulting in three Golden Arrow buses and one City of Cape Town bus being burned to smithereens, but it’s now been confirmed that another Golden Arrow bus has been attacked.
According to reports, the incident took place on Friday morning but Golden Arrow has kept mum about the details as it fears for the safety of its staff and passengers.
On Thursday morning, violence erupted following law enforcement’s effort to clamp down on illegal taxis which saw the four buses being petrol bombed. This latest attack has been described by the City of Cape Town as “unacceptable and purely criminal.”
This kind of violence will not be tolerated and the safety of commuters will not be put in jeopardy, says Mobility MEC Daylin Mitchell
“The Western Cape govenment will use all available regulatory measures and powers at its disposal to take strong action against anyone who makes themselves guilty of public violence, arson, intimidation or any other criminal acts that impact on the safety and dignity of public transport users and citizens,” Mitchell said.
The Nyanga Community Policing Forum has also stepped by asking criminals to stop their violent attacks on Golden Arrow buses as community members of townships end up struggling as well.
“Whenever you attack buses, you are attacking the lives in the buses [too] that will be lost,” said the policing forum’s secretary, Dumisani Qwebe.
The violent attacks on Thursday have reportedly resulted in nearly R10 million in damages.