Protesters set bus, truck alight

IOL bus 0849 INDEPEDENT MEDIA A truck transporting crates of beer was set alight on the N2 outbound before Symphony Way. Picture: Cindy Waxa

Cape Town - A Golden Arrow bus and a truck carrying crates of beer were set alight on Wednesday morning in an alleged service delivery protest by the community of Tsunami informal settlement near Delft.

The truck was on the N2 outbound, while the bus was in Blikkiesdorp.

Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said on Wednesday morning some community members stopped a bus and got the passengers and the driver out before setting it alight and burning rubble on the road.

He said it is alleged that they were protesting because electricity in the area had been cut off.

Van Wyk said no injuries were reported and police were still on the scene monitoring the situation.

Golden Arrow's John Dammert said they were disappointed that a Golden Arrow bus had once again become a target of protesters. He said it was unfortunate that people who experienced service delivery problems took out their frustrations on a company that provided them with a service.

City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Liezl Moodie said a truck and rubbish were burning on the N2 outbound between R300 and Mew Way.

She said they dispatched two fire engines, one water tank and one rescue vehicle, and the truck was severely burnt. No injuries were reported.

Moodie said a Golden Arrow bus was also set alight in Blikkiesdorp informal settlement on Symphony Way on Wednesday morning.

She said no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was suspected arson and the incident wass also protest-related.

City traffic spokesman Richard Coleman said, before Symphony Way, the road was closed after a truck caught fire in the early hours of this morning.

The road was opened later with just one lane closed.

siyabonga.kalipa@inl.co.za

Cape Argus


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