3 buses and a truck torched in Khayelitsha due to service delivery protest

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Many were left stranded and key traffic routes blocked when three Golden Arrow buses and a truck were set alight in a protest concerning service delivery in Khayelitsha on Thursday, informed police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana.

The attack happened on along Baden Powell Drive in Makaza, reports News24.

The Public Order Police and other law enforcement units were at the scene.

Golden Arrow Bus Services spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer said the company was glad that nobody was injured on their buses, and added, “At this stage the motive is unknown, but there was protest action taking place in various areas. We have had to move our services to the old Makhaya terminus as a precautionary measure.”

Each bus is said to cost R2,4 million.

Matric exam writers stranded

Passengers aboard the public transportation included matriculants, who were unfortunately affected and unable to reach their exam venues on time.

Dyke-Beyer told News24, “We condemn this in the strongest possible terms, our passengers need to get to work and the matric pupils making use of our services particularly need to be able to travel timeously and without hindrance.”

The Western Cape Department of Education stated that considering the events that transpired, learners were afforded the opportunity to begin their exams at 10:00 and get the full time to write their papers.

They also said that if a large amount of learners could not make it in time for the 10:00 slot, the department would consider a back-up paper with the national Department of Basic Education.

News24 reports that because of social distancing and a lack of readily available exam papers, there was not enough space at other exam venues.

Spokesperson Bronagh Hammond said, “We appeal to communities to consider the candidates and their futures. They have been through so much this year, and such actions have extreme consequences for these learners.”

R 200 000 reward offered

IOL also reported that Dyke-Beyer mentioned that the bus service is offering a R200 000 reward to anyone with information on the perpetrators. “We are appealing to anyone with any information to please come forward. They can call 0800 111167 anonymously.”