Cape Town – Passengers on the Golden Arrow bus traveling on the Eerste River via Khayelitsha were stolen of valuables by two gunmen at Spine Road in Graceland, Khayelitsha on Wednesday.
Golden Arrow Bus Services (Gabs) spokeswoman Bronwen Dyke-Beyer said two gunmen made their way onto a bus that was loading passengers.
Police spokesman FC van Wyk is reported to have said that around 6:40 a.m. the driver pulled over for the passengers and as they boarded the bus an unidentified man presented a gun to fire and another a knife.
Van Wyk said the men started stealing their belongings from passengers and took an undisclosed amount of cellphones from passengers and an undisclosed sum of money from the driver.
He said they then jumped off the bus and fled the scene on foot.
“The case will be transferred to Lingelethu West Police Station for further investigation as the incident occurred within their jurisdiction.”
Dyke-Beyer said a replacement bus had been made available to passengers and that they were working closely with Khayelitsha Police, who boarded buses and conducted search operations as part of the ” a joint operational plan.
“Unfortunately, we do not operate in isolation from the crime that plagues our society, but we hope to see further improvements as we continue to deploy responses,” she said.
Cosatu Provincial Secretary Malvern De Bruyn said they were disturbed by the incident with bus No.4581, which was heading to Melton Rose, Eerste River.
De Bruyn said Gabs doesn’t care about his passengers and staff.
“Where are the 500 cameras and panic buttons they promised?” He asked.
He said Cosatu would request another meeting with Gabs to get answers. The union would also meet to discuss a possible course of action against Gabs, De Bruyn said.
Anyone with information that could help with the investigation is urged to contact Crime Stop number 0860010111 or via MySAPSApp.