Golden Arrow bus services spokesperson John Dammert, said the incident has been reported to police and the driver was receiving medical attention. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African news Agency
Golden Arrow bus services spokesperson John Dammert, said the incident has been reported to police and the driver was receiving medical attention. Picture: Phando Jikelo/African news Agency

Golden Arrow bus driver struck by bullet in his mouth in suspected taxi violence

By Sisonke Mlamla Time of article published Jul 19, 2021

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Cape Town - A Golden Arrow bus driver was struck by a bullet through the mouth at the Borcherds Quarry drive on Monday morning.

Police spokesperson warrant officer Joseph Swartbooi said police were dispatched to the N2, in the direction of Cape Town just after the Borcherds Quarry drive this morning.

Swartbooi said that upon arrival, they found the driver of the bus had sustained injuries to his mouth.

"The victim was transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment," he said.

Swartbooi said the gunmen fled the scene and were yet to be arrested.

Golden Arrow bus services (Gabs) spokesperson John Dammert confirmed the incident. He said the incident has been reported to police and the driver was receiving medical attention.

Dammert said no passengers were injured.

"Intelligence reports suggests that this incident could be related to the ongoing violence in the taxi industry," he said.

Golden Arrow bus shot on the N2 near Nyanga this morning in what is alleged to be on going taxi violence. Video: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency (ANA)

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has cautioned taxi industry players to desist from violence, adding that lawlessness was unacceptable.

Mbalula said that while they remained concerned about the state of the taxi industry and were attentive to the grievances of operators and drivers, acts of criminality in the industry would not be tolerated.

"Those who choose to resolve industry disagreements through the barrel of a gun will not be shown leniency. They will face the full might of the law,” said Mbalula.

Anyone with information that can assist the investigation is urged to call Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

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