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.
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.
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.
At about 21h56 this evening City’s Fire & Rescue services were at the scene in Roodebloom Rd Woodstock where a Myciti bus was allegedly petrol bombed. The driver of the bus has sustained serious injuries and one passenger is non-critical. @CityofCT @MyCiTiBus— Voice of the Cape (@VOCfm) December 10, 2018
Video: Aarif Khan pic.twitter.com/l0bsxfsK4O
A MyCiTi bus was set alight on the corner of Lawley and Roodebloem roads in Woodstock on Monday night.— Cape Times (@CapeTimesSA) December 10, 2018
The bus was stopped, had petrol poured inside and was set alight. The driver and only passenger escaped with burns. pic.twitter.com/WJnKNsTyHI