South Africa 3.7.2015 09:42 am

Mamelodi bus violence turns ugly

FILE PIC: A Putco bus that was shot at during day two of the Mamelodi standoff. Picture: Christine Vermooten

FILE PIC: A Putco bus that was shot at during day two of the Mamelodi standoff. Picture: Christine Vermooten

Violence has again erupted in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, this morning in the ongoing strife between taxi operators and bus services, with shots being fired at a Putco bus.

Confirmed reports indicated that a bus driver was shot and injured. It is also understood that at least four passengers inside the bus were injured when gunmen opened fire on the bus.

Police will brief the media about the situation at 10am. The disruption to bus services has entered its third day, with protesting taxi drivers refusing to accept a new bus service in the area.

Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa has visited the scene in Soloman Mahlangu road, where a Putco bus is standing on the side of the road with several bullet holes.

It’s understood at least four men shot at the bus. One of the bullet holes is right next to the window of the bus driver. Ramokgopa said the conflict had taken an ugly turn, which was unacceptable.

All the bus routes out of Mamelodi are blockaded by angry taxi drivers, preventing commuters from leaving the area.

“We are now moving into the township to address the taxi drivers. We as the state can’t sit back and let people’s lives be at risk.”

Gauteng Premier David Makhura is expected to arrive in the area shortly to address the meeting.

 

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