Three Intercape buses were attacked again in the Eastern Cape on Sunday, during which one passenger was shot and wounded.
This is the biggest attack on these buses, despite repeated attempts in the High Court to get the Department of Transport to protect Intercape buses from violent attacks.
“More than 130 cases have been filed with the police in the Eastern Cape, and still there has not been a single arrest,” says Johann Ferreira, CEO of Intercape.
The first incident was reported on Sunday around 16:00 when a bus on its way to Cofimvaba was attacked by armed criminals.
“Fortunately, no one was injured in this incident, and a case has been filed with the police in Cofimvaba,” says Ferreira.
A second bus was stoned and shot at on the same day, just before 22:00, on the R61 between Tarkastad and about 40 kilometers from Nxuba (formerly Cradock).
“One of the passengers suffered a gunshot wound to his left leg. The passenger was immediately taken to Cradock Police Station, after which paramedics treated him, before he was taken by ambulance to Cradock Provincial Hospital.”
A short time later, around 22:15, another bus on the same route, about 15 kilometers outside Cradock, was pelted with stones. No one was injured in this incident, but a case was filed with the SAPS at Cradock.
The High Court in Makhanda (Grahamstown) has already issued several court orders forcing the Minister of Transport and the MEC for Transport in the Eastern Cape to work with the SAPS to ensure the safety of passengers and employees.
“Intercape calls on all transport authorities and the police to take urgent action against these brutal attacks on Intercape, its staff, and innocent members of the public,” says Ferreira.
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