Golden Arrow Bus Service has slammed law enforcement officials for not doing enough to protect commuters, motorists, and its drivers from taxi violence.
Three Golden Arrow busses were torched in Nyanga, Philippi East, and Kraaifontein on Thursday morning as taxi bosses embarked on a strike
Taxi operators are set to march to Premier Alan Winde’s office in the CBD to hand over a memorandum or grievances relating to the impoundment of their vehicles.
Golden Arrow spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer says more boots are needed on the ground to make arrests and keep road users safe.
Dyke-Beyer says visible policing is vital in such chaotic conditions in order to ensure that the bus service can operate safely.
“It can’t just be that members of the public, Golden Arrow, and other people who just trying to get to work are out there fending for themselves when crimes are taking place”, she tells CapeTalk.
According to a bus commuter named Meelia, one Golden Arrow bus was caught in a hail of bullets in Mowbray on Thursday morning as taxi operators fired several shots at each other.
UCT’s Jammie Shuttle service has been temporarily suspended along the Observatory main road near the N2 as the taxi convoy makes its way into the city centre. MyGeniusInsider
Dyke-Beyer says local authorities need to step up because ongoing taxi disruptions can have a devasting impact on livelihoods.
Just last week Golden Arrow lost two of its busses in a petrol bombing in Nyanga after taxi violence erupted