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Cape Town suffers third assault on public transport

Author: Staff Reporter Updated: 11:45 12-02-2018

Public transport in Cape Town has suffered yet another assault this year after two MyCiTi bus stations were vandalised over the weekend.

According to authorities, Dunoon and Usasaza bus stations were closed over the past weekend after vandals burnt tyres in the station, smashed windows and broke access control systems.

It will reportedly cost the City a million rand to repair the damage to both stations.

This comes less than a month after Metrorail infrastructures in Bonteheuwel-Netreg area and Nyanga were vandalised forcing officials to suspend train activities for rest of the week.

Metrorail has also confirmed that operations at their central line remain suspended making it the fifth week of closure.

Two weeks ago, Myciti buses were stoned along the N2 routes in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.

Referring to the recent cases of vandalism, Mayoral committee member Brett Herron says he is concerned about what looks like the “well-orchestrated sabotage of public transport."

“I’m not sure what the motives for attacking the stations were. What we’ve seen over the last couple of months is an increasing amount of sabotage of all of our infrastructure.”

Despite the vandalism at the bus stations over the weekend, authorities say people will still be able to take the bus from Dunoon.

"We expect the operations to continue. We are using one of the feeders buses, which will be parked at the station that people can tap in," says Herron.

Herron has called on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to investigate all cases of vandalism and deal harshly with those responsible.

Published: 07:45 12-02-2018

Posted by on February 12, 2018.

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