After a passenger was shot while travelling on an Intercape bus, the company insists that the police now start escorting their buses.
The passenger was shot while travelling from Pretoria to Gqeberha. News24 reports that the bus came under fire in the Penhoek Pass on the Ns in the direction of Bloemfontein. The passenger was taken to the hospital for treatment.
In a statement released by Intercape, its CEO, Johann Ferreira, shared his frustration.
“How can we allow criminals to shoot up a coach carrying innocent people?”
Last week’s attack was not isolated. On the same day, staff and security were threatened by taxi operators in the Eastern Cape. The taxi associations blocked off the N2 highway for several hours.
Earlier this year, Intercape’s busses in Butterworth and Idutywa were prevented from loading passengers while one of its buses was stoned near Cradock.
Although the bus company has won a case against the police and national and provincial transport authorities to devise a plan to keep drivers and passengers safe, Ferreira has said that nothing has been done.
Intercape has had no choice but to return to the hot spot areas in the Eastern Cape to ensure they offer their routes for their passengers.
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