Photo: Murray Williams
Photo: Murray Williams

Buses set alight in Nyanga

By Murray Williams and Kieran Legg Time of article published Sep 1, 2014

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Cape Town - Nyanga was a no-go area on Monday morning after protesters torched seven Golden Arrow buses on its roads.

City of Cape Town Safety and Security director Richard Bosman said some drivers had been injured as rioters ran amok.

On the corner of Govan Mbeki and New Eisleben Road, four Golden Arrow buses stopped at a set of traffic lights headed into Cape Town were petrol bombed and burnt to a crisp where they stood.

Not far away, at the Nyanga bus terminus another two buses were torched in middle of peak commuter traffic.

It could not be confirmed where the seventh bus was set alight.

The group damaged four more buses but were stopped before they could set them on fire.

Authorities rapidly dispatched teams to the area and blocked off intersections to prevent motorists from entering the volatile neighbourhood.

Bosman all Golden Arrow and MyCiti bus services in the area had been pulled out to protect staff.

Delivery trucks came under attack too, and drivers escaped with their lives leaving their vans at the roadside with smashed windscreens.

There was sporadic violence all over the greater Philippi-Nyanga area as key arterial routes hit gridlock due to the blocked off roads.

At around 9.30am, Golden Arrow teams with massive tow trucks began the laborious task of hauling away the empty shells of the gutted buses using hydraulic cranes.

Bosman said the situation was under control.

Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said no arrests had been made yet. Police would remain in the area to keep a watchful eye on the situation.

“Stone throwing also occurred at the Khayelitsha taxi rank in Site C,” he added. “Commuters and road users are asked to refrain from these areas and make use of alternative roads and transportation.”

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