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Cape Town: MyCiti bus torched in Woodstock [video]

The violent attacks on MyCiti buses were taken up a notch on Monday night, as a petrolbomb attack in Woodstock left the driver of the vehicle with serious injuries

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The recent spate of attacks on MyCiti buses took a shocking turn on Monday night, as one vehicle carrying passengers was petrol bombed on Roodebloem Road in Woodstock.

Woodstock MyCiti bus attack – latest updates:

It’s been confirmed that the driver has suffered serious burn injuries, and we’re awaiting further updates on his condition. Only one passenger was hurt in the incident, but their injuries have been described as minor. The brazen attack took place just after 21:00, and sadly, this is isn’t the first time it’s happened here.

Another bus was targeted just a couple of months ago on the same road. Local residents feared the worst when they were first alerted to plumes of black smoke coming from the end of their street. The authorities arrived at the scene just before 22:00, and as of Tuesday morning, no arrests have been made.

What is fueling these attacks?

The last three months have been particularly daunting for the MyCiti bus service. An unprotected strike which was initiated in September disrupted services across the metro. Protest action led to driver intimidation, assaults and damage to infrastructure.

From there, opportunism has been rife. Despite an increased police presence being introduced on high-risk routes, SAPS’ resources aren’t able to stretch across the whole city. Last month, two buses were torched on the same day, leading the city to estimate damage costs rising up to R10 million.

Watch: Aftermath of MyCiti petrolbombing in Woodstock: