N2 bus torch­ings cost ser­vice R4m

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SIYABONGA SESANT

GOLDEN Ar­row has suf­fered a loss of nearly R4 mil­lion after two of the com­pany’s buses were torched dur­ing protests on the N2 high­way near the air­port this week.

The vi­o­lence is be­lieved to be linked to un­hap­pi­ness over the ANC’s coun­cil­lor can­di­date in Ward 40 in the Gugulethu area.

Protests took place be­tween the Borcherds Quarry and Air­port Ap­proach Road on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, then flared up again early yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The demon­stra­tions have been cap­tured on CCTV and the City of Cape Town’s Spe­cial In­ves­ti­gat­ing Unit was ap­par­ently hunt­ing yes­ter­day for peo­ple iden­ti­fied on the high­way.

Mean­while, there has been a fierce ex­change of words be­tween the city’s may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for safety and se­cu­rity, JP Smith, and the ANC in the prov­ince.

Smith claims to have been vin­di­cated after the ANC sus­pended a mem­ber al­legedly in­volved in the vi­o­lence.

Smith had called on the ANC to in­ter­vene “ur­gently”, say­ing ANC in-fight­ing had be­come “Tsh­wane-style”, re­fer­ring to vi­o­lence in Pre­to­ria.

But the ANC’s Yonela Diko dis­missed Smith’s claims say­ing: “When there are prob­lems in Dunoon, they call us. When there are re­ported prob­lems in Barcelona (in Gugulethu) they call us. The DA must start gov­ern­ing this city, not just the south­ern sub­urbs”. siyabonga.sesant@inl.co.za

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