SHOOTING OF GAUTRAIN BUS DRIVER CONDEMNED

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 in Media Releases

Ismail Vadi, MEC of Roads & Transport Gauteng

The Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Mr. Ismail Vadi condemns the criminal behaviour of a small group of individuals who are acting against Gautrain. If this is proved to be linked to the recent labour unrest and the subsequent dismissal of bus drivers, it will be indeed a sad day for public transport in the Province in specific and for the country in general.

“The shooting of an innocent Gautrain bus driver on Monday 13 March 2012 is of paramount concern to the Province but also very sad”. It is sad because it is not only the bus driver that has been hurt. The unlawful behaviour has a knock-on effect. Not only does this have a negative impact on a macro level on the overall commuter confidence in the Gautrain system but it also affects commuters’ finances and travel plans. It affects thus individual commuters on a micro level.

Mr. Vadi commends the South African Police Services (SAPS) on their speedy arrests of five suspects and urges the Justice system to do its utmost in prosecuting the perpetrators once a fair investigation has taken place

“We are happy to report that the bus driver has recovered and is doing well,” says MEC Vadi. “Thank you to all concerned citizens and frequent passengers who expressed their care and well wishes for the driver.”

The Gautrain bus operating company, Mega Express, is currently in the process of appointing and training new bus drivers for the bus service. All suitably qualified drivers, including drivers previously employed by Mega Express, who have not been involved in criminal activities, may apply.

I would also like to take this opportunity to condemn the incident in Soweto on Thursday where an unlicensed taxi driver took a chance and collided with a train. Two children were critically injured and many others lives’ were put at risk. I make a sincere call on taxi operators to support responsible driving” Vadi concludes.

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