Member of the Mayoral Committee MMC Makhuba, has urged community members at Noordgesig, Bosmont and Westbury to find peaceful solutions to service delivery issues and concerns instead of taking matters into their own hands causing inconvenience and damaging public property.
Local residents in Soweto, it’s workers, tertiary students, scholars and patients who depend on the bus service have been deprived access to affordable public transport due to community protests in Noordgesig, Bosmont and Westbury.
Ten buses (eight from Litsamaiso and two from Piotrans bus operating companies) were damaged. The buses were attacked with stones resulting in the breaking of windows. Three passengers and two drivers were injured and received medical assistance.
The Noordgesig station has been damaged with the ticketing office machine (computer box), wiring system stolen and windows broken. The station has now been closed for maintenance and repairs. Passengers will be advised of the station once it is ready to operate again.
To date, all three Rea Vaya stations (Noordgesig, Bosmont and Westbury) have been damaged due to community protests.
MMC Makhuba has called on the police to ensure that those responsible face the full might of the law urging community members to find peaceful solutions concerning service delivery issues. “The City condemns the vandalism of public infrastructure, which is aimed at providing a service to the public,” said MMC Makhuba
Passengers who were using the Noordgesig Station are advised to use Orlando Stadium and Noordgesig Extension stations.
The estimated cost of the damage will be determined in due course.
For more information on Rea Vaya services, please contact Benny Makgoga Director: Service Promotions: Transport: SSMA at 011 870 4612, 0712812819 or Andre van Niekerk, Director: Operations at 011 870 4608 or 076 812 1138 on station infrastructure or Lulama Mankabane: Deputy Director: Communications, MMC of Transport Office, 0789556834