Gauteng premier Makhura condemns Mamelodi violence

FILE PICTURE: Gauteng premier David Makhura. Picture: Alaister Russell

FILE PICTURE: Gauteng premier David Makhura. Picture: Alaister Russell

Gauteng premier David Makhura has condemned the violence which has seen a bus commuter wounded during a shooting in Mamelodi.

Makhura, Tshwane mayor and the MEC for transport today visited the area following a spate of violent attacks which started on Wednesday.
Taxi operators blocked roads, burnt tyres, and prevented Autopax buses from leaving the depo in Mamelodi East.
This morning, things took a turn for the worst when two Putco busses coming from Mpumulanga were shot at. The buses were travelling on an existing Putco route that was not affected by the recent take-over of bus contracts by Autopax.
Gauteng police commissioner Lesitja Mothiba said a commuter was wounded and four people were injured during the stampede that followed as they tried to get off the bus.
A meeting was held with government and community stakeholders this morning to decide on a way forward.

Makhura says Autopax bus services will continue operating in the area and taxi drivers will not be allowed to hold commuters to ransom.
“Government’s view is that commuters are the primary focus. They must have choice and can’t be forced into one mode of transport. There is buses, rail and taxi. We need to continue providing transport solution for reliability and safety. We can’t have a situation were taxis are imposed.”
He said the view from commuters were that they were satisfied with Autopax and wanted the buses to continue operating in the area.


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