MyCiti bus at the Civic Centre station in Cape Town. Photo: Storm Simpson.

Hout Bay: MyCiti bus, cars stoned in ‘transport related’ protest

Cape Town police said public violence erupted when around 50 protestors took to the streets of Hout Bay at approximately 7:00.


MyCiti bus at the Civic Centre station in Cape Town. Photo: Storm Simpson.

The City of Cape Town suspended transport services in Hout Bay on Monday morning, 5 September, after public violence broke out in the area. A MyCiti bus and private vehicles were stoned.


South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Sergeant Wesley Twigg told The South African that Monday’s protest was “transport related.” It started at approximately 7:00 when around 50 people took to the street at the corner of Main and Victoria Roads in Hout Bay.

Twigg said Public Order Police and the Hout Bay SAPS were monitoring the situation and would remain in the area until calm was restored.

Private vehicles and MyCiti buses were stoned and tyres were burnt, according to Mayoral Committee (MayCo) Member for Urban Mobility, Rob Quintas. The City took the decision to suspend MyCiti buses and Dial-a-ride services in the area with immediate effect.

“It is as yet unclear as to the cause of this public violence and riot however any behaviour that results in learners and workers not being able to commute, as well residents feeling unsafe and being the victims of violence, and any damages to public or private property must be condemned for the thuggish and brutish activities that they are,” said Quintas.

The 108, 109 and 118 buses from the CBD to Hout Bay will stop short at Bakoven until further notice due to the protests.

Earlier on Monday, Cape Town Traffic Services spokesperson, Kevin Jacobs, advised motorists to proceed with caution in the area due to the incidents of public violence.