Golden Arrow Bus Services issued an update on Wednesday, July 21, stating that bus services are operating at about 60 – 65% of their regular schedule, however, they still cannot assure commuters that all routes will be covered.
The bus company limited most of its services on Monday, July 19, after one of its drivers was shot and wounded while transporting passengers.
Meanwhile, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde visited the Golden Arrow Bus Services depot where he was briefed about the company’s additional services they are currently providing to ensure that all commuters are transported home safely during these challenging times.
Im now at the Golden Arrow Bus Depot with Min. Mitchell to meet with the CEO and management regarding how we as prov. government can help ensure safety of commuters. I will be issuing a statement soon on some additional interventions we will be taking to keep commuters safe. pic.twitter.com/YvQ1Tirv9E
— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) July 21, 2021
“The recent events in public transport have once again confirmed the importance of the service provided by Golden Arrow Bus Services to the residents of the Western Cape. The company’s willingness to maximise its resources to assist our commuters despite challenging conditions is greatly appreciated,” Winde said.
No new taxi-related shootings have been reported, following a bloody spill on the streets of Cape Town in recent weeks. More than 70 people have already been killed in taxi-related shootings since the beginning of the year.
The City of Cape Town’s Mayco member for Safety and Security, JP Smith indicated that only a few taxis are operating, while ranks and PTIs are fairly quiet.
“City enforcement services are maintaining a presence at all affected taxi ranks and PTIs. They are also conducting vehicle checks, searching for firearms and ensuring that those taxis that are operating are doing so legally,” Smith reiterated.
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