Cape Town – Golden Arrow is once more come beneath fireplace over the security of its drivers and passengers.
This after three armed males boarded a bus from Cape Town to Mitchells Plain on Monday and held up the motive force and passengers, earlier than alighting in Samora Machel. The route is the goal of criminals utilizing the identical modus operandi.
Against the law social media message gave the bus quantity as 4457 from Cape Town to The Leagues, and mentioned one of many robbers was dressed within the uniform of a safety company.
Golden Arrow spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer mentioned the company was additionally conscious of a message circulating a couple of theft that allegedly occurred on Voortrekker Road on January 12 however that there was no proof to corroborate it.
Commuter and activist Deon Carelse mentioned Golden Arrow failed to guard its passengers. The Mitchells Plain route was regularly focused by criminals, he mentioned.
“We feel completely unsafe on Golden Arrow buses and their silence is worrisome. They are failing us as their customers and compromising our safety. Two buses were robbed on the same day two weeks ago in Electric City and a Tygerberg bus with nurses, while a policeman was robbed of his gun and the criminals fled with money and personal belongings. The buses have no proper safety measures. There are no surveillance cameras or escorts on buses. The company must be held accountable.”
Numsa store steward Ikraam Arendse mentioned the union and administration had recurrently engagements on the security of its workers.
“The commuters are paying a fee and I assume the fee not only covers the trip but also their safety. Instead of the feeble reaction from Golden Arrow to the robberies, they should have security personnel inside the buses.”
Provincial Transport and Public Works Department spokesperson Jandré Bakker mentioned: “Passenger and driver safety is at the heart of ensuring public transport operates safely, efficiently and effectively. With regards to the safety concerns on Golden Arrow buses, we are working closely with the (company) and law enforcement stakeholders to address all safety concerns.”
Dyke-Beyer mentioned Golden Arrow was within the closing phases of concluding a contract with the City and province for a long-term devoted bus enforcement unit. She mentioned the preliminary contract was not renewed because the personnel have been redeployed by the City.
“We believe the only way to curb these crimes of opportunity is for arrests and prosecutions to take place. We believe our passengers and drivers should be free from criminal threat to their safety.”