DA: Truck arson, 4 Golden Arrow buses in Nyanga cause R10m damage

A bus driver is recovering from head injuries sustained in the violence that erupted after the municipal traffic police impounded the taxi on Thursday morning.

FILE: A Golden Arrow bus and another vehicle were set on fire at Nyango terminus on May 28, 2021. Picture: Inset.

CAPE TOWN – The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday said the arson of four Golden Arrow buses and a City of Cape Town truck in the vicinity of Nyango caused almost 10 million rand in damage.

A bus driver is recovering from head injuries sustained in the violence that erupted after the municipal traffic police impounded the taxi on Thursday morning.

Shortly after 9am, three Golden Arrow buses were petrol bombed along Havana Mbeki and Emms Drive, while a fourth bus and a truck belonging to the City of Cape Town were set on fire nearby.

The DA’s Ricardo McKenzie said he plans to invite the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to the Standing Committee on Transport to brief it on its strategy for prosecuting criminals.

“Until there is a holistic approach to this problem, 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 that residents can have access to the safe transportation they deserve,” he said.

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

Meanwhile, the police’s Joseph Swartbui said on Thursday that authorities would remain at the scene: “Community police with the support of South Africa’s Nyanga Police and the Metropolitan Police are currently monitoring the situation in the Nyanga area where several buses and cars have been set on fire with no suspects yet identified “.

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